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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Furtive  \Fur"tive\,  a.  [L.  furtivus  fr  furtum  theft,  fr  fur 
  thief,  akin  to  ferre  to  bear:  cf  F.  furtif  See  {Fertile}.] 
  Stolen;  obtained  or  characterized  by  stealth;  sly;  secret; 
  stealthy;  as  a  furtive  look  --Prior. 
 
  A  hasty  and  furtive  ceremony.  --Hallam. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  furtive 
  adj  1:  marked  by  quiet  and  caution  and  secrecy;  taking  pains  to 
  avoid  being  observed;  "a  furtive  manner";  "a  lurking 
  prowler";  "a  sneak  attack";  "stealthy  footsteps";  "a 
  surreptitious  glance  at  his  watch";  "someone  skulking 
  in  the  shadows"  [syn:  {lurking},  {skulking},  {sneak(a)}, 
  {sneaky},  {stealthy},  {surreptitious}] 
  2:  secret  and  sly  or  sordid;  "backstairs  gossip";  "his  low 
  backstairs  cunning"-  A.L.Guerard;  "backstairs  intimacies"; 
  "furtive  behavior"  [syn:  {backstair},  {backstairs}] 




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