Weird Word: Furtive

by on Oct.28, 2013, under Articles, Weird Words, Writing

Furtive

Adjective

  1. Stealthy
  2. Exhibiting guilty or evasive secrecy.

Other Forms:

  • furtively
  • furtiveness

Example Usage:

“You think I didn’t see the furtive glances you kept giving each other? I see everything!” she screamed, waving the plasma caster at the couple, who cringed into each other, drawing her attention from the furtively escaping man in the far corner.

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Commentary:

I’ve heard, or rather read, this word before but its exact meaning has escaped me all these years. For some reason context had chosen a meaning similar to shrewd or quick, rather than stealthy. That aside it is a rather fun word to say which is also why it is appearing in Weird Words.

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