- Word Parts
|part of speech:
||made, performed, or achieved by stealth or in secret.
His wife made surreptitious inquiries at the hotels that he'd stayed in on his last business trip.The thief made a surreptitious entry into the building.
- covert, secret, secretive, stealthy
- blatant, overt
- similar words:
- clandestine, cloaked, concealed, furtive, hidden, hugger-mugger, hush-hush, sly, sneaky, undercover, underhand, underhanded
||surreptitiously (adv.), surreptitiousness (n.)
The word surreptitious
contains the following part:
that means under, below
More about this word part:
The prefix "sur-
" occurs in Latin loanwords. It is an assimilated form of "sub-
" used before roots beginning with "r." See sub-