- a brood or small flock of partridges or similar birds.
- a group, set, or company.
Origin of covey
Examples from the Web for covey
Historical Examples of covey
He started, his dreams gone from him like a covey of frightened quail.The Duke Of Chimney Butte
G. W. Ogden
Passing now through woods they started a covey of partridges.The Long Roll
However, deep in the woods they came upon a covey of partridges.The Rover Boys on a Hunt
Arthur M. Winfield (Edward Stratemeyer)
This kick had the effect of not only weakening Hughes, but Covey also.
This battle with Mr. Covey was the turning-point in my career as a slave.
- a small flock of grouse or partridge
- a small group, as of people
Word Origin for covey
mid-14c., "brood of partridges," from Middle French covée "brood" (Modern French couvée), from Gallo-Romance *cubata, literally "hatchling," from past participle stem of Latin cubare "to sit, incubate, hatch" (see incubation).