- concealed; secret; disguised.
- covered; sheltered.
- Law. (of a wife) under the protection of one's husband.
Origin of covert
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Examples from the Web for covertly
A junta can do it, using their military power to overtly or covertly control decisions at the highest level.Valerie Jarrett, Obama Consigliere—and Democracy Killer
November 12, 2014
They will find ways to punish you covertly and reward those that do go along with their narrative.Exclusive: RT Anchor Liz Wahl Explains Why She Quit
March 5, 2014
Amid this backdrop Sir John ordered the General Post Office (GPO) covertly to monitor the King's telephone calls.King Edward VIII's Phone Was Bugged By His Own Government
May 23, 2013
He will not be able to support—either overtly or covertly—Israeli military strikes.Why Obama Won't Back a Strike on Iran
February 26, 2012
"No, it's bloom," hastened Cornelia, covertly wiping it off.Quaint Courtships
But he might covertly reveal himself to one who understood him well.A Spirit in Prison
She watches him covertly, uneasily, longing for the end of the run.The Cuckoo Clock
I answered this by some sort of grunt, watching him covertly.'Twixt Land & Sea
"Thanks for the invitation," he said aloud, as he covertly nursed his right hand.'Smiles'
Eliot H. Robinson
- a shelter or disguise
- a thicket or woodland providing shelter for game
- short for covert cloth
- ornithol any of the small feathers on the wings and tail of a bird that surround the bases of the larger feathers
- a flock of coots
Word Origin and History for covertly
c.1300, from Old French covert "hidden, obscure, underhanded," literally "covered," past participle of covrir "to cover" (see cover). Related: Covertly.