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furtive

This word is also in the group 100 IELTS Words.
  • attempting to avoid notice or attention, typically because of guilt or a belief that discovery would lead to trouble; secretive.
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Examples

For the philosopher Roland Barthes, the power of furtive photography stems from its ability to disclose part of its subject’s subconscious.

He casts a furtive, almost embarrassed glance around the nearby area.

Usually this would prompt me to snort: how about the homosexual church officials who preach this stuff in public while leading furtive double lives?

It’s almost unbearably tempting to suggest a furtive flick on the nose.

While lord of the castle, he longs for useful work such as he did at the forge, but even his furtive attempts to fix a castle lock are foiled.

Someone else appears to be indulging in a furtive attempt to see what they can get away with.

There is something in a furtive glance of eyes on the subway, or from the passing crowd that does not tend to permanence.

There was nothing furtive or nervous about him - it was as if he was perfectly entitled to be there.

I could see that he took a couple of furtive glances at what I was doing, but he wasn’t really watching.

The two exchanged furtive glances in slight panic at this last comment.

After a furtive glance toward his father, Jeremy answered it.

Micromounters are looked upon as some sort of secret society that does furtive things under microscopes for inexplicable reasons.

Picking up his briefcase, he headed towards the police station, noticing a little more furtive activity today than usual.

But his gaze was not nervous or furtive but controlling, establishing a zone that she was not to enter.

The ferocious snarl of the Tyrannosaurus Rex has been replaced by a furtive shameful glance.

The look the officer had given Ian had been furtive, almost guilty, and Ian sensed disapproval in the man’s silence.

He cast a furtive glance around the square and, seeing that his admirer had not yet gone away, bent over his boot again.

Instead it’s a candid admission he once lived the furtive lifestyle of a sinister international beer villain.

a furtive love affair

He cast furtive glances out of the corner of his eye, looking for Kathleen but couldn’t seem to spot her.

As over the wounds of hurt pride and battered citizenship do thousands of furtive conservatives “furiously blog” (in Book’s phrase).

I didn’t miss the furtive glance he cast around to check if anyone was looking.

There was a sudden wave of tittering from my daughter’s classmates and furtive looks.

When their meal arrived, he forgot about them and did not notice the furtive glances the two reclusive men cast their way, although he glanced idly at them when they left the tavern.

The word furtive might have been invented to describe his dodgy demeanour.

he was furtive in his movements

a furtive glance

She cast a furtive glance over her shoulder and caught a glimpse of Alex’s dejected and sullen expression.

Taking a furtive glance around for his father, Joe considered his next move.

From the positions of the heads and eyes, do they look honest and straightforward, shy, or furtive and untrustworthy?