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furtive
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Definition taking pains to avoid being observed

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in a manner indicating nervousness (being cautious or appearing suspicious)
  • She watched me in a furtive manner—trying to hide her interest.
furtive = cautious or taking pains to avoid being observed
  • Later she said she was just trying to figure out whose phone it was, but she looked around furtively before she began reading my text messages.
  • furtively = in a nervous manner (as though hoping not to be seen)
  • Despite his attempt to look interested, his teacher did not miss his furtive glances at the clock.
  • they grew furtive as they approached, as if intending to sneak up on the girls.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Dear John
  • furtive = taking pains to avoid being observed
  • [He has removed a pink capsule from his pocket, quickly and furtively, and drunk it down with his vodka.]
    Tennessee Williams  --  A Streetcar Named Desire
  • furtively = while taking pains to avoid being observed
  • Indeed, once, shortly after lunch, I recall I came upon the two gentlemen talking rather furtively just inside the library doorway, and it was my distinct impression they broke off their discussion upon my approach.
    Kazuo Ishiguro  --  The Remains of the Day
  • furtively = in a suspicious manner (as though hoping not to be seen)
  • I tried to cram the box furtively into my pocket, but I saw him glance at my hand in surprise.
    Daphne du Maurier  --  Rebecca
  • furtively = taking pains to avoid being observed
  • He looked round him with a furtive and stealthy air, as one who dreads pursuit.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • furtive = cautious
  • There was something unmistakably furtive in the way he glanced from side to side. Apparently satisfied that he was unobserved, he drew something small and glittering from his pocket and slipped it onto his finger.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Glass
  • furtive = taking pains to avoid being observed

    or:

    in a manner indicating nervousness (being cautious or appearing suspicious)
  • I would see an uncle or two sneak a nip from a bottle hidden under the seat, but they did it furtively, almost ashamedly.
    Rick Bragg  --  All Over but the Shoutin'
  • furtively = while taking pains to avoid being observed
  • He also had to do it furtively, afraid that his father or mother might see him.
    Robert Cormier  --  The Chocolate War
  • furtively = while taking pains to avoid being observed
  • ...the rest of the class kept shooting furtive glances at him,
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • furtive = intended not to be seen
  • I took advantage of his diversion, taking a furtive step back.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  New Moon
  • furtive = cautious (or to avoid being seen)
  • She looked around furtively like she was delivering nuclear materials.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lost Hero
  • furtively = in a nervous manner (as though hoping not to be seen)
  • The car roared and swayed, pressing me hard against her, but when I took a furtive glance around no one was paying me the slightest attention.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • furtive = taking pains to avoid being observed
  • He knew that the crowd was furtively glancing at him,
    Thornton Wilder  --  The Bridge of San Luis Rey
  • furtively = while taking pains to avoid being observed
  • Grady looks around furtively.
    Sara Gruen  --  Water for Elephants
  • furtively = in a nervous manner (as though hoping not to be seen)
  • If an eye were furtively raised and met his, it was instantly averted.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • furtively = while taking pains to avoid being observed
  • "Well, I heard Noah was drunk," she said, whispering the last word and taking a furtive look around.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Someone Like You
  • furtive = taking pains to avoid being observed or heard
  • I looked furtively behind me once, awed by the silent bushes, dark and lonely, changing shape in the flicker of the firelight.
    Maureen Daly  --  Seventeenth Summer
furtively = nervously

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