[ uhn-kuhv-erd ]
/ ʌnˈkʌv ərd /


having no cover or covering.
having the head bare.
not protected by collateral or other security, as a loan.
not protected by insurance: Workers want their uncovered spouses to join the health plan.

Origin of uncovered

First recorded in 1350–1400, uncovered is from the Middle English word uncovert. See un-1, cover, -ed2

Definition for uncovered (2 of 2)


[ uhn-kuhv-er ]
/ ʌnˈkʌv ər /

verb (used with object)

to lay bare; disclose; reveal.
to remove the cover or covering from.
to remove a hat from (the head).

verb (used without object)

to remove a cover or covering.
to take off one's hat or other head covering as a gesture of respect.

Origin of uncover

First recorded in 1250–1300, uncover is from the Middle English word uncoveren. See un-2, cover
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British Dictionary definitions for uncovered (1 of 2)


/ (ʌnˈkʌvəd) /


not covered; revealed or bare
not protected by insurance, security, etc
with hat removed as a mark of respect

British Dictionary definitions for uncovered (2 of 2)


/ (ʌnˈkʌvə) /


(tr) to remove the cover, cap, top, etc, from
(tr) to reveal or discloseto uncover a plot
to take off (one's head covering), esp as a mark of respect
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Word Origin and History for uncovered



c.1300, from un- (2) "reverse of" + cover (v.). Earliest use is figurative; literal sense is attested from late 14c. Related: Uncovered; uncovering.

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