From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishfurtivefur‧tive /ˈfɜːtɪv $ ˈfɜːr-/ adjective 🔊 🔊 SECRETbehaving as if you want to keep something secret syn 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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furtive• Miss Baggely appeared unconfident, almost furtive.• She was having a furtiveaffair with a cameraman.• His movements were quick and furtive, and he spoke in a whisper.• It had been perfectly camouflaged, with its earspulled back and its white flankshidden by a furtivecrouch.• The two girls exchangedfurtiveglances across the dinner table and tried hard not to giggle.• Going and having a few meals with him didn't seem evil or furtive in any way.• There was nothing furtive in his attitude and he would have been quite unashamed if anyone had caught him.• The people look furtive, like drug addicts, as they take them out in stacks of four or five.• At first she thought of wolves as she listened to the furtive movement in the woods to each side of the river.• Her face had become big and vacant, the eyes sluggishly furtive, the mouthvague.furtive glances/looks• I was playing with her as usual and castingfurtive glances at her six heavy goldbangles.• They castfurtive glances at one another.• But it slowed her up considerably, and as time passed she found herself casting furtive glances over her shoulder.