Definition of sneaky in English:



  • 1Furtive; sly.

    ‘sneaky, underhand tactics’
    • ‘I take a few sneaky peeps and they are always concentrating so hard.’
    • ‘This is a sneaky development, an under-hand, sleazy way of slipping a salesman into your home without you knowing.’
    • ‘This man was underhanded and sneaky, preferring to let others do the fighting for him.’
    • ‘And while we're at it, why not mention the really sneaky method of making super-profits.’
    • ‘The assassin is another female character who excels in stealth and sneaky ways of killing the baddies.’
    • ‘He couldn't help but chuckle lightly at his sneaky, conniving girlfriend as he sat there.’
    • ‘So why is it that without any corporate fanfare, it all feels so sneaky when you're in the middle of a secret race?’
    • ‘Traders have to ensure that everything they sell is marked up fairly, with no sneaky price rises smuggled in under the guise of metrification.’
    • ‘He had a long lens and he was surreptitiously looking round the corner into the cemetery and taking sneaky shots.’
    • ‘Also I'm not ashamed to put my full name and e-mail address on the bottom, not like many letter writers who are too sneaky to do so.’
    • ‘In other words, a sneaky, crafty, deceitful person would take on the form of a snake.’
    • ‘Be sneaky, change the date and time of your posts to reinforce the illusion that you are a conscientious employee.’
    • ‘It wasn't that he was sneaky or even secretive, it was just that he didn't open up much.’
    • ‘Here's a sneaky, vital secret that turns conventional marketing psychology on its head.’
    • ‘He relied on his cleverness and sneaky ways to stay ahead of every one.’
    • ‘Doug and I came up with a sneaky, underhanded and brilliant plan which kept us strong and under little pressure for the first three years.’
    • ‘These are sneaky gutless gangsters who creep and crawl amongst us.’
    • ‘OK, so bits of it are basically unlistenable avant-garde electro, but there's some quite sneaky beats in between.’
    • ‘Then she opens her eyes to check with sneaky little sidewards glances.’
    • ‘I have a sneaky suspicion that any diagnosis that James gets now will be more for his peace of mind rather than because he'll get any better treatment.’
    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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  • 2(of a feeling) persistent but reluctantly held; sneaking.

    ‘I developed a sneaky fondness for the old lady’
    • ‘I have a sneaky feeling that you have at least two different personalities.’
    • ‘But he has already had a sneaky peek inside the car and was thrilled with the choice.’
    • ‘Her mother got the point and got rid of the blatent sneaky smile and replaced it with a friendly, motherly smile.’
    • ‘Am I the only person who still gets a sneaky pleasure from slipping under the bedclothes and falling asleep fully-clothed?’
    • ‘But I have a sneaky feeling that they are talking about what goes into kebabs.’
    • ‘If you look for it, I've got a sneaky feeling you'll find that love actually is all around.’
    • ‘We all had a sneaky feeling that we didn't score enough runs that day.’
    • ‘The sneaky suspicion in all of their heads grew and they wondered if they were right on track.’
    • ‘I feel sneaky and I wouldn't appreciate having people in my room without me being there.’
    • ‘Many people think that sneaky anger and the cold shoulder are natural and harmless.’
    • ‘Happily one of the rabbis featured in this documentary advocates a sneaky line of defence.’
    • ‘Sick to death of its sneaky charges, poor service and the pathetic rate of interest it pays?’
    • ‘I have a sneaky suspicion that when he's older he'll prefer a quiet pint in his favourite pub rather than hard playing in a night club.’