Furtive vs Sneaky - What's the difference?

furtive | sneaky |


As adjectives the difference between furtive and sneaky

is that furtive is stealthy while sneaky is difficult to catch due to constantly outwitting the adversaries.

furtive

English

Adjective

(en adjective)
  • stealthy
  • Exhibiting guilty or evasive secrecy.
  • * 1949 , George Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four , p31
  • But that was merely a piece of furtive knowledge which he happened to possess because his memory was not satisfactorily under control.

    Synonyms

    * (stealthy) surreptitious * See also

    Derived terms

    * furtively * furtiveness

    sneaky

    English

    Adjective

    (er)
  • Difficult to catch due to constantly outwitting the adversaries
  • Catching those thieves will be hard, they're so sneaky they keep deluding us
  • dishonest; deceitful
  • Synonyms

    * slippery * evasive, dodgy

    Derived terms

    * sneaky pete * sneaky suspicion * sneaky romainians