Men who had clung through the hours to their saddles by sheer will power alone, tightened their lines and were alertly alive.
Braybrooke looked suddenly surprised and then alertly observant.
“Probably he was the one who sent the letter,” said Penny alertly.
After a pause, Sam alertly remarked, We have not kept a lookout.
Every slightest turn had to be alertly chosen, and the tangle of branches and vines made going by the stars nearly impossible.
He had the appearance of alertly listening, listening, for what?
She was now staring with wide, eager eyes down the street, alertly watching the approach of anyone who came from that direction.
The lords of the Church nodded, looked sleepily or alertly benevolent.
She paid no attention at first to the advancing hunters, save to alertly elude the many efforts to cast a noose over her head.
Possibly the uncle may have some suspicion of why she is moving about so alertly, and besides looking so pleased like.
"on the watch," 1590s, from French alerte "vigilant" (17c.), from phrase à l'erte "on the watch," from Italian all'erta "to the height," from erta "lookout, high tower," noun use of fem. of erto, past participle of ergere "raise up," from Latin erigere "raise" (see erect). The adjective is attested from 1610s, the noun from 1803, and the verb from 1868. Related: Alerted; alerting.