concealed; obscure; covert: hidden meaning; hidden hostility.


past participle of hide1.

Related formshid·den·ly, adverbhid·den·ness, nounhalf-hid·den, adjectiveun·hid·den, adjectivewell-hid·den, adjective

Synonyms for hidden

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Examples from the Web for well-hidden

Contemporary Examples of well-hidden

  • Lesson: To win the presidency, a candidate needs to have fire in the belly; he just needs to keep it well-hidden.

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    Rick Perry’s Divine Calling

    Michelle Cottle

    July 21, 2011

Historical Examples of well-hidden

  • In winter he sleeps just as Buster does, usually in a well-hidden cave.

  • The other was her well-hidden disappointment that she had been childless.

  • Dotty sat down too, and felt of Blot's small and well-hidden bones.

    Two Little Women

    Carolyn Wells

  • It was a well-hidden spot, and somewhat weird, a haunted kind of place.

    Furze the Cruel

    John Trevena

  • The ventilator was well-hidden and inaccessible to any one without a step-ladder.

    Whispering Wires

    Henry Leverage

British Dictionary definitions for well-hidden


adjective (well hidden when postpositive)

having been concealed to make discovery difficult or impossible



a past participle of hide 1


concealed or obscureda hidden cave; a hidden meaning
Derived Formshiddenly, adverbhiddenness, noun
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Word Origin and History for well-hidden



past participle of hide (v.1); a Middle English formation (Old English had gehydd "hidden") on the model of ride/ridden, etc. Hidden persuaders (1957) was Vance Packard's term for "ad men."

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