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marked by quiet and caution and secrecy; taking pains to avoid being observed

  • And then he remembers his surreptitious identity for the evening: "I'm a freshman at Amherst."1
  • Beholden to paying clients, they were widely seen as surreptitious figures who burglarized people's secrets.2
  • Boys you secretly tutor and meet for surreptitious swimming lessons.3


frugal to the point of stinginess

  • “So you are just parsimonious with your words?”1
  • This may prove me as parsimonious as my father, but who spends that much money on corny inflatable light-up Santa Clauses and spinning, singing reindeer?2
  • Instead, my parsimonious father launches into a ten-minute-long lecture about how working for a living is hard and kids today don’t get it because they’re given allowances they don’t earn.2
  • Despite the inflow of cash and capital assets, Lawrence kept a parsimonious grip on his kingdom.3