Definition of sneaky in English:

sneaky

adjective

  • 1Furtive; sly.

    ‘sneaky, underhanded tactics’
    • ‘The assassin is another female character who excels in stealth and sneaky ways of killing the baddies.’
    • ‘And while we're at it, why not mention the really sneaky method of making super-profits.’
    • ‘He had a long lens and he was surreptitiously looking round the corner into the cemetery and taking sneaky shots.’
    • ‘These are sneaky gutless gangsters who creep and crawl amongst us.’
    • ‘It wasn't that he was sneaky or even secretive, it was just that he didn't open up much.’
    • ‘Then she opens her eyes to check with sneaky little sidewards glances.’
    • ‘This man was underhanded and sneaky, preferring to let others do the fighting for him.’
    • ‘Here's a sneaky, vital secret that turns conventional marketing psychology on its head.’
    • ‘OK, so bits of it are basically unlistenable avant-garde electro, but there's some quite sneaky beats in between.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Be sneaky, change the date and time of your posts to reinforce the illusion that you are a conscientious employee.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He couldn't help but chuckle lightly at his sneaky, conniving girlfriend as he sat there.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘So why is it that without any corporate fanfare, it all feels so sneaky when you're in the middle of a secret race?’
    • ‘He relied on his cleverness and sneaky ways to stay ahead of every one.’
    • ‘In other words, a sneaky, crafty, deceitful person would take on the form of a snake.’
    • ‘This is a sneaky development, an under-hand, sleazy way of slipping a salesman into your home without you knowing.’
    • ‘Traders have to ensure that everything they sell is marked up fairly, with no sneaky price rises smuggled in under the guise of metrification.’
    • ‘I take a few sneaky peeps and they are always concentrating so hard.’
    sly, crafty, cunning, wily, clever, artful, scheming, devious, guileful, tricky, conniving, designing, deceitful, duplicitous, dishonest, disingenuous, underhand, untrustworthy, unscrupulous, double-dealing
    furtive, secretive, secret, stealthy, surreptitious, sneaking, skulking, slinking, clandestine, hidden, covert, cloaked, conspiratorial, under the table
    black
    dirty, foxy, shifty
    fly
    shonky
    slim
    subtle
    carny
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    1. 1.1(of a feeling) secret; reluctant.
      ‘I developed a sneaky fondness for the old lady’
      • ‘The sneaky suspicion in all of their heads grew and they wondered if they were right on track.’
      • ‘I have a sneaky feeling that you have at least two different personalities.’
      • ‘Her mother got the point and got rid of the blatent sneaky smile and replaced it with a friendly, motherly smile.’
      • ‘If you look for it, I've got a sneaky feeling you'll find that love actually is all around.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Sick to death of its sneaky charges, poor service and the pathetic rate of interest it pays?’
      • ‘But I have a sneaky feeling that they are talking about what goes into kebabs.’
      • ‘Am I the only person who still gets a sneaky pleasure from slipping under the bedclothes and falling asleep fully-clothed?’
      • ‘But he has already had a sneaky peek inside the car and was thrilled with the choice.’
      • ‘We all had a sneaky feeling that we didn't score enough runs that day.’
      • ‘Happily one of the rabbis featured in this documentary advocates a sneaky line of defence.’
      • ‘Many people think that sneaky anger and the cold shoulder are natural and harmless.’
      • ‘I feel sneaky and I wouldn't appreciate having people in my room without me being there.’

Pronunciation:

sneaky

/ˈsnēkē/