Definition of sneaking in English:

sneaking

adjective

  • 1attributive (of a feeling) persistent in one's mind but reluctantly held or not fully recognized.

    ‘I've a sneaking suspicion they'll do well’
    • ‘Personally, I have a sneaking admiration for anyone daring enough to hi-jack such unwieldy vehicles.’
    • ‘On this occasion, I have to confess a sneaking sympathy with building societies.’
    • ‘However, you really must have a sneaking admiration for a man who can totally divert us like that, who can get us to take our eyes off the ball so easily.’
    • ‘I have this sneaking feeling that I might not agree with many of the opinions of this man on - say - pretty much anything ever.’
    • ‘He knew that the ruling class are in some ways as much outsiders as vagrants and dossers, which is why the landowner has a sneaking sympathy for the poacher.’
    • ‘I have a sneaking feeling though, that the only people who managed to get tickets at the correct prices were the agencies who now seem to be awash with them.’
    • ‘I'd always had a sneaking admiration for really good pop.’
    • ‘I have a sneaking feeling that I am rather fond of period instruments, especially in the woodwind.’
    • ‘Do you ever get that itching in your mind, that sneaking suspicion that you know the answer to the question, you just don't have it on instant recall?’
    • ‘I have a sneaking feeling that I might have an allergy to beer.’
    • ‘Out of all of this, I suppose, is a sneaking admiration for the way in which two concepts have been linked in the public's mind without any formal legal covenants.’
    • ‘They're detestable creatures, certainly, but it's hard not to have a sneaking admiration for them.’
    • ‘From Thursday on I had this sneaking feeling that this was going to be my week, but it was not to be.’
    • ‘Personally, I must confess to a sneaking admiration for his acumen, if not for his artistic integrity, but I would not attempt to justify his methods.’
    • ‘I have a sneaking feeling that I've written about this before, but bear with me as my abandonment of the railway has opened up whole new vistas to me.’
    • ‘This reviewer retains a sneaking feeling that he may be too generous.’
    • ‘But we have to admit to a sneaking admiration for her.’
    • ‘Yet I have a sneaking feeling that neither of them will return from Athens as ‘the world's fastest man’.’
    • ‘I had a sneaking feeling that somehow the sun managed to burn me through my shirt, but I was afraid to look.’
    • ‘A sneaking apprehension remains at the top of my mind.’
    secret, private, hidden, concealed, innermost, inward, unexpressed, unvoiced, undisclosed, undeclared, undivulged, unconfessed, unavowed
    niggling, nagging, lurking, insidious, lingering, gnawing, unrelenting, slight but persistent, worrying, concerning
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  • 2informal attributive Furtive and contemptible.

    ‘an unpleasant, sneaking habit’
    sly, crafty, cunning, wily, clever, artful, scheming, devious, guileful, tricky, conniving, designing, deceitful, duplicitous, dishonest, disingenuous, underhand, untrustworthy, unscrupulous, double-dealing
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Pronunciation

sneaking

/ˈsniːkɪŋ/