furtively furtively  /ˈfɜr tɪv li/


  • (adv) in a furtive manner


  1. It was marked by a shift from beer to hard liquor, consumed not in large social settings, since that is now illegal, but furtively and dangerously in students' residences.
  2. Swinger clubs have operated furtively for years in most major cities and many small towns.
  3. The episode ends with Waz furtively eating the ruined cake out of the trash.


  • Spying on the Text Generation

    One mom does her best surveillance work in the laundry room. Her teenage son has the habit of leaving his cellphone in the pocket of his jeans, so in between sorting colors and whites, she'll grab his phone and furtively scroll through his text messages from the past week to see what he's said, whom he's connected with, and where ...        
    on June 10, 2013     Source: Boston Globe


  1. On this matter, Prime Minister Javier Velasquez Quesquen said that McAuley was being expelled because Peru cannot accept "that foreigners furtively stir up people to shatter democratic values."
    on Jul 7, 2010 By: Diego Velázquez Source: Living in Peru (blog)

  2. As Robert Spencer commented, "Soon Eurabia will resemble the old Soviet Union, in which dissidents furtively distributed samizdat literature and faced stiff penalties if the authorities discovered what they were doing. Europeans who care about what...
    on Apr 30, 2007 By: Robert Spencer Source: Brussels Journal

  3. In the Commons yesterday, the Conservative Mark Hoban said appointments were being made "furtively behind closed doors on the whim of the Chancellor".
    on Jul 13, 2006 By: Mark Hoban Source: Independent

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