adjective co·vert \ˈkō-(ˌ)vərt, kō-ˈ; ˈkə-vərt\

: made, shown, or done in a way that is not easily seen or noticed : secret or hidden

Full Definition of COVERT

:  not openly shown, engaged in, or avowed :  veiled <a covert alliance>
:  covered over :  sheltered
co·vert·ly adverb
co·vert·ness noun

Examples of COVERT

  1. He has taken part in a number of covert military operations.
  2. spy agencies taking covert action

Origin of COVERT

Middle English, from Anglo-French, past participle of coverir to cover
First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of COVERT

secret, covert, stealthy, furtive, clandestine, surreptitious, underhanded mean done without attracting observation. secret implies concealment on any grounds for any motive <met at a secret location>. covert stresses the fact of not being open or declared <covert intelligence operations>. stealthy suggests taking pains to avoid being seen or heard especially in some misdoing <the stealthy step of a burglar>. furtive implies a sly or cautious stealthiness <lovers exchanging furtive glances>. clandestine implies secrecy usually for an evil, illicit, or unauthorized purpose and often emphasizes the fear of being discovered <a clandestine meeting of conspirators>. surreptitious applies to action or behavior done secretly often with skillful avoidance of detection and in violation of custom, law, or authority <the surreptitious stockpiling of weapons>. underhanded stresses fraud or deception <an underhanded trick>.


noun co·vert \ˈkə-vərt, ˈkō-vərt also ˈkə-vər\

Definition of COVERT

a :  hiding place :  shelter
b :  a thicket affording cover for game
c :  a masking or concealing device
:  a feather covering the bases of the quills of the wings and tail of a bird — see wing illustration
:  a firm durable twilled sometimes waterproofed cloth usually of mixed-color yarns

Examples of COVERT

  1. <set up a covert from which to watch wildlife without being detected>
  2. <the rabbit rushed to the safety of the nearest covert>

First Known Use of COVERT

14th century

Other Hunting and Fishing Terms

chum, creel, flense, pitfall, seine, skulk, spoor, trawl
COVERTLY Defined for Kids


adjective co·vert \ˈkəv-ərt, ˈkō-vərt\

Definition of COVERT for Kids

:  made or done secretly <a covert glance> <covert military operations>
co·vert·ly adverb



Definition of COVERT for Kids

:  a hiding place (as a thicket that gives shelter to game animals)
:  one of the small feathers around the bottom of the quills on the wings and tail of a bird


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