Nora wanted a midnight snack, so she surreptitiously or quietly crept downstairs to the kitchen, trying not to wake anyone. She did not ask her brother to join her, but instead moved surreptitiously or silently 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.
- Pretending to accidentally bump into a group of friends when you planned to meet them all along.
- Sneaking into the back row of your college classroom so your professor doesn’t notice you are late.