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Date: 1600-1700
Language: French
Origin: furtif, from Latin fur 'thief'

furtive

adjective
     
fur‧tive
behaving as if you want to keep something secret [= secretive]:
There was something furtive about his actions.
furtive glances/looks
Chris kept stealing furtive glances at me.
furtively adverb:
She opened the door and looked furtively down the hall.
furtiveness noun [uncountable]

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