1. bear => fer- "carry" => Latin fur (genitive furis) "thief" (literally 'someone who carries things off') => furt- "theft, robbery" => furtive.
2. Etymologically, someone who is furtive 'carries things away like a thief'.
来自拉丁语fur, 小偷，贼。进一步来自PIE*bher, 携带，带来，词源同bring, infer.
- furtive:  Etymologically, someone who is furtive ‘carries things away like a thief’. The word comes via Old French furtif from Latin furtīvus ‘stealthy, hidden’, a derivative of furtum ‘theft’, which in turn was based on fūr ‘thief’. This was either borrowed from or related to Greek phór ‘thief’, which came ultimately from Indo-European *bher- ‘carry’ (source of English bear) and thus meant literally ‘someone who carries things off’. A ferret is etymologically a ‘furtive’ animal.
=> bear, ferret
- furtive (adj.)
- 16c., from Middle French furtif (16c.), from Latin furtivus "stolen," hence also "hidden, secret," from furtum "theft, robbery; a stolen thing," from fur (genitive furis) "a thief, extortioner," also a general term of abuse, "rascal, rogue," probably from PIE *bhor-, from root *bher- (1) "to carry" (see infer). Related: Furtiveness.
- 1. She was furtive and vicious by temperament.
- 2. She cast a furtive glance over her shoulder.
- 3. The teacher was suspicious of the student's furtive behaviour during the exam.
- 4. His furtive behaviour aroused our suspicion.
- 5. Presently the boy began to steal furtive glances at the girl.
来自英汉文学 - 汤姆历险
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