Meaning: Attempting to avoid notice or attention, typically because of guilt or a belief that discovery would lead to trouble. Marked by quiet, caution, and secrecy. Suggestive of guilty nervousness.
Synonyms: Secretive, secret, surreptitious, clandestine, hidden, covert, backstairs, conspiratorial, cloak and dagger, backroom, sly, sneaky, under the table.
Use: Jane walked outside in a furtive manner so that her parents would not see her.
Students who cheat on tests employ their furtive tactics to avoid getting caught.