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Definitiontaking pains to avoid being observed
in a manner indicating nervousness (being cautious or appearing suspicious)
- Strange furtive noises ran among the bushes and reeds on either side of them;1.6 -- Book 1 Chapter 6 -- The Old Forest (92% in)
furtive = as though taking pains to avoid being observed
- All the "great secrets" under the mountains had turned out to be just empty night: there was nothing more to find out, nothing worth doing, only nasty furtive eating and resentful remembering.1.2 -- Book 1 Chapter 2 -- The Shadow of the Past (58% in)
There are no more uses of "furtive" in The Fellowship of the Ring.
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