furtive vs stealthy what difference

what is difference between furtive and stealthy

English

Etymology

Borrowed from French furtif (stealthy), from Latin fūrtīvus (stolen), from fūrtum (theft), from fūr (thief).

Pronunciation

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈfɜːtɪv/
  • (General Australian) IPA(key): [ˈfɜːɾɪv]
  • (US) IPA(key): [ˈfɝ.ɽɪv]

Adjective

furtive (comparative more furtive, superlative most furtive)

  1. Stealthy.
  2. Exhibiting guilty or evasive secrecy.
    • 1949, George Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four, p31
      But that was merely a piece of furtive knowledge which he happened to possess because his memory was not satisfactorily under control.

Synonyms

  • (stealthy): surreptitious
  • See also Thesaurus:covert

Derived terms

  • furtively
  • furtiveness

Related terms

  • ferret

Translations


French

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /fyʁ.tiv/

Adjective

furtive

  1. feminine singular of furtif

Italian

Adjective

furtive

  1. feminine plural of furtivo

Latin

Adjective

fūrtīve

  1. masculine vocative singular of fūrtīvus

References

  • furtive in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • furtive in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • furtive in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré Latin-Français, Hachette


English

Etymology

From stealth +‎ -y.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈstɛlθi/
  • Rhymes: -ɛlθi

Adjective

stealthy (comparative stealthier, superlative stealthiest)

  1. Characterized by or resembling stealth or secrecy.

Synonyms

  • sneaking
  • undercover
  • concealed
  • See also Thesaurus:covert

Derived terms

  • stealthily
  • stealthiness

Translations

Anagrams

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