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Wordnet 3.0


1. secret and sly or sordid;
- Example: "backstairs gossip"
- Example: "his low backstairs cunning"- A.L.Guerard
- Example: "backstairs intimacies"
- Example: "furtive behavior"
[syn: backstair, backstairs, furtive]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Backstairs \Back"stairs`\, Backstair \Back"stair`\, a. Private; indirect; secret; conducted with secrecy; intriguing; -- as if finding access by the back stairs; as, backstairs gossip. Syn: clandestine, cloak-and-dagger, hugger-mugger, hush-hush, on the quiet(predicate), secret, subterranean, surreptitious, undercover, underground. [1913 Webster + WordNet 1.5] A backstairs influence. --Burke. [1913 Webster] Female caprice and backstair influence. --Trevelyan. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

backstair adj 1: secret and sly or sordid; "backstairs gossip"; "his low backstairs cunning"- A.L.Guerard; "backstairs intimacies"; "furtive behavior" [syn: backstair, backstairs, furtive]