Furtive en


Furtive meaning

Secrecy (also called clandestinity or furtiveness) is the practice of hiding information from certain individuals or groups, who do not have the "need to know" perhaps while sharing it with other individuals. That which is kept hidden is known as the secret. Secrecy is often controversial, depending on the content or nature of the secret, the group or people keeping the secret, and the motivation for secrecy. Secrecy by government entities is often decried as excessive or in promotion of poor operation; excessive revelation of information on individuals can conflict with virtues of privacy and confidentiality. It is often contrasted with social transparency.


  1. (a.) Stolen; obtained or characterized by stealth; sly; secret; stealthy; as, a furtive look.
Word: fur·tive
Pronunciation of furtive: 'f&r-tiv
Function of furtive: adjective
Origin of furtive: French or Latin; French furtif, from Latin furtivus, from furtum theft, from fur thief, from or akin to Greek phOr thief; akin to Greek pherein to carry -- more at BEAR
1 a : done by stealth : SURREPTITIOUS b : expressive of stealth : SLY <had a furtive look about him>
2 : obtained underhandedly : STOLEN
synonym see SECRET
- fur·tive·ly adverb
- fur·tive·ness noun

Synonyms of furtive

Backstair, Backstairs, Lurking, Skulking, Sneak, Sneaky, Stealthy, Surreptitious,