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 for furtive
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Furtive \Fur"tive\, a. [L. furtivus, fr. furtum theft, fr. fur
     thief, akin to ferre to bear: cf. F. furtif. See Fertile.]
     Stolen; obtained or characterized by stealth; sly; secret;
     stealthy; as, a furtive look. --Prior.
     [1913 Webster]
  
           A hasty and furtive ceremony.            --Hallam.
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  furtive
      adj 1: marked by quiet and caution and secrecy; taking pains to
             avoid being observed; "a furtive manner"; "a sneak
             attack"; "stealthy footsteps"; "a surreptitious glance at
             his watch" [syn: furtive, sneak(a), sneaky,
             stealthy, surreptitious]
      2: secret and sly or sordid; "backstairs gossip"; "his low
         backstairs cunning"- A.L.Guerard; "backstairs intimacies";
         "furtive behavior" [syn: backstair, backstairs,
         furtive]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  70 Moby Thesaurus words for "furtive":
     artful, back-door, backstairs, calculating, chiseling, clandestine,
     collusive, conspiratorial, covert, covinous, crafty, cunning,
     deceitful, doggo, false, falsehearted, feline, finagling, foxy,
     fraudulent, guileful, hidden, hidden out, hidlings,
     hole-and-corner, hugger-mugger, in ambush, in hiding, in the wings,
     indirect, insidious, lurking, on tiptoe, private, privy, prowling,
     pussyfoot, pussyfooted, quiet, scheming, secret, secretive, sharp,
     shifty, skulking, slinking, slinky, slippery, sly, sneaking,
     sneaky, stealing, stealthy, surreptitious, treacherous, trickish,
     tricky, two-faced, under cover, under the table, under-the-counter,
     under-the-table, undercover, underground, underhand, underhanded,
     unobtrusive, untrustworthy, waiting concealed, wily
  
  

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