Thesaurus

covert

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of covert

  1. 1 screened or sequestered from view a covert little hideaway that provides a lot of privacy Synonyms of covert cloistered, secluded, hidden, isolated, quiet, remote, retired, secret, shelteredWords Related to covert lone, lonely, lonesome, reclusive, solitary; privateNear Antonyms of covert obvious, visible; exposed

  2. 2 undertaken or done so as to escape being observed or known by others a covert operation to provide aid to the rebels Synonyms of covert backstairs, behind-the-scenes, clandestine, secret, furtive, hole-and-corner, hugger-mugger, hush-hush, private, privy, sneak, sneaking, sneaky, stealth, stealthy, surreptitious, undercover, underground, underhand, underhandedWords Related to covert back-channel, closed-door, off-the-books, off-the-record; classified, confidential, restricted, top secret, undisclosed; concealed, hidden, secreted, subterranean, unadvertised, unexposedNear Antonyms of covert acknowledged, avowed; aboveboard, straightforward, unconcealed, undisguised; unclassified, unrestricted; clear, evident, manifest, obvious, patent, plainAntonyms of covert open, overt, public

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

covert

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of covert

  1. 1 a place where a person goes to hide or to avoid others set up a covert from which to watch wildlife without being detected Synonyms of covert concealment, hideout, den, hermitage, hideaway, hidey-hole (or hidy-hole), lair, nestWords Related to covert blind, cover, nook, recess; hangout, harbor, harborage, haunt, haven, redoubt, refuge, retreat, shelter

  2. 2 a thick patch of shrubbery, small trees, or underbrush the rabbit rushed to the safety of the nearest covert Synonyms of covert boscage (also boskage), bosk (or bosque), bosquet, brake, brushwood, chaparral, coppice, copse, thicketWords Related to covert canebrake; brush, bush, scrub, scrubland; bramble, jungle, tangle; grove, hedge, stand, woodlot; forest, greenwood, wildwood, wood, woodland



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up covert? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!