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Related to covertly: surreptitiously

cov·ert

 (kō′vərt, kō-vûrt′, kŭv′ərt)
adj.
1. Not openly practiced, avowed, engaged in, accumulated, or shown: covert military operations; covert funding for the rebels. See Synonyms at secret.
2. Covered or covered over; sheltered.
3. Law Being married and therefore protected by one's husband.
n.
1. A covering or cover.
2.
a. A covered place or shelter; hiding place.
b. Thick underbrush or woodland affording cover for game.
3. Zoology One of the small feathers covering the bases of the longer feathers of a bird's wings or tail.

[Middle English, from Old French, from past participle of covrir, to cover; see cover.]

cov′ert·ly adv.
cov′ert·ness n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.covertly - in a covert manner; "he did it covertly"
overtly - in an overt manner; "he did it overtly"

covertly

adverb
In a secret way:
Idioms: by stealth, on the sly, under cover.
Translations

covertly

[ˈkʌvətlɪ] ADV [observe] → encubiertamente

covertly

[ˈkʌvərtli] adv (= secretly) [work, operate] → secrètement; [watch] → à la dérobée
to film sb covertly → filmer qn à son insucover-up [ˈkʌvərʌp] n
There's been a cover-up → On a tenté d'étouffer l'affaire.cover version n [song] → reprise f

covertly

adv threaten, attackversteckt; glance alsoverstohlen; film, watchheimlich

covertly

[ˈkʌvətlɪ] adv (glance, act) → di nascosto, furtivamente
References in classic literature ?
She looked covertly at her husband, with tragic eyes.
No sooner was she hid from him than she changed into another woman; she was now become a calculating purposeful madam, who looked around her covertly and, having shrunk in size in order to appear less noticeable, set off nervously on some mysterious adventure.
The men with whom he had had large dealings he had treated as enemies rather than friends, ever watching them covertly with close but unslackening vigilance.
Though her engagement to Martin had been kept secret, their long intimacy had not been unproductive of gossip; and in the shop, glancing covertly at her lover and his following, had been several of her acquaintances.
Here the lecture began, but Jo heard very little of it, for while Professor Sands was prosing away about Belzoni, Cheops, scarabei, and hieroglyphics, she was covertly taking down the address of the paper, and boldly resolving to try for the hundred-dollar prize offered in its columns for a sensational story.
Thus in a few instants was unraveled an intrigue which had covertly occupied all the diplomacies of Europe.
Nothing bad passed for half an hour-- nothing at least, to be exact, but that each of the companions occasionally and covertly intermitted her pursuit in such a manner as to ascertain the degree of absorption of the other without turning round.
Nevertheless our old game with the haver of a thing, as she called it, was continued, with this difference, that it was now she who carried the book covertly upstairs, and I who replaced it on the shelf, and several times we caught each other in the act, but not a word said either of us; we were grown self-conscious.
I come to ride back with you,' he answered, glancing covertly at the locksmith's daughter.
Quilp, however, without uttering another word, withdrew his eyes from the small servant, stroked his chin more thoughtfully than before, and then, bending over the note as if to direct it with scrupulous and hair-breadth nicety, looked at her, covertly but very narrowly, from under his bushy eyebrows.
The color was slowly coming back to his face, which, as she glanced covertly at him, seemed to have grown so much older that his returning blood might have brought two or three years with it.
A thorough Frenchman, the national characteristic of ferocity had not been omitted by nature in compounding the ingredients of his character; it had appeared first in his access of drunken wrath, when some of his demonstrations of hatred to my person were of a truly fiendish character, and now it was more covertly betrayed by momentary contractions of the features, and flashes of fierceness in his light blue eyes, when their glance chanced to encounter mine.