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furtive (adj) stealthy; secretive.

When a person does something in a stealthy manner with the intention of not being noticed by others, they are furtive, their actions are furtive. When you look at others or something in a way that you do not want to be noticed by others, your looks are furtive. Furtive glances are looks meant to be unnoticed.

  • There was no mistaking George's interest in Lucy. He kept throwing furtive glances at her during the party, and though he thought that others did not notice them, everyone could observe it.
  • The thief kept throwing his furtive looks around for any policeman, and unfortunately for him, there was one who noticed his stealthy glances.
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