Definition of sneaky in US English:



  • 1Furtive; sly.

    ‘sneaky, underhanded tactics’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Then she opens her eyes to check with sneaky little sidewards glances.’
    • ‘Be sneaky, change the date and time of your posts to reinforce the illusion that you are a conscientious employee.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This is a sneaky development, an under-hand, sleazy way of slipping a salesman into your home without you knowing.’
    • ‘In other words, a sneaky, crafty, deceitful person would take on the form of a snake.’
    • ‘He relied on his cleverness and sneaky ways to stay ahead of every one.’
    • ‘So why is it that without any corporate fanfare, it all feels so sneaky when you're in the middle of a secret race?’
    • ‘I take a few sneaky peeps and they are always concentrating so hard.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It wasn't that he was sneaky or even secretive, it was just that he didn't open up much.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Traders have to ensure that everything they sell is marked up fairly, with no sneaky price rises smuggled in under the guise of metrification.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘These are sneaky gutless gangsters who creep and crawl amongst us.’
    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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    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.’
      • ‘If you look for it, I've got a sneaky feeling you'll find that love actually is all around.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I feel sneaky and I wouldn't appreciate having people in my room without me being there.’
      • ‘We all had a sneaky feeling that we didn't score enough runs that day.’
      • ‘I have a sneaky feeling that you have at least two different personalities.’
      • ‘Many people think that sneaky anger and the cold shoulder are natural and harmless.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Happily one of the rabbis featured in this documentary advocates a sneaky line of defence.’
      • ‘But he has already had a sneaky peek inside the car and was thrilled with the choice.’