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surreptitious (adj) done secretly so as not to be noticed by others.

A surreptitious action is something done secretly and quickly so that others might not notice it. When you look secretly into someone's bag to see what it contains, your take a surreptitious look into the bag. Your action of bringing something into the class is surreptitious, if you do so without the teacher or the other students noticing it.

  • The girl and her boyfriend exchanged surreptitious looks with each other and smiled at each other. They looked and smiled at each other secretly and quickly so that others did not notice it.
  • During the meeting, he took a surreptitious look at the gun he has brought into the meeting hall. He looked secretly and quickly at it, to make sure the gun was there.
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