Nora wanted a midnight snack, so she took surreptitious or quiet footsteps into the kitchen, trying not to wake anyone. She did not ask her brother to join her but instead made surreptitious or silent movements through the dark hallways of the house. Nora’s careful plan to raid the cookie jar was executed with surreptitious care or sneaky cleverness; unfortunately, she did not remember Max the dog who barked until he, too, quickly received a snack.
Quiz: What is an example of a surreptitious act?
- Eating the last piece of cake in the refrigerator even though you know your roommate was saving it.
- Sneaking into the back row of your college classroom so your professor doesn’t notice you are late.
- Pretending to accidentally bump into a group of friends when you planned to meet them all along.