Definition of covey in English:


Syllabification: cov·ey
Pronunciation: /ˈkəvē

noun (plural coveys)

  • 1A small party or flock of birds, especially partridge.
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    • Instead of holding individual territories, both species form coveys, which are flocks of 4-6 fused family groups.
    • In two days, I walked past staunch points into approximately 70 coveys of wild birds.
    • In non-breeding seasons, Northern Bobwhites congregate in coveys of up to 20 birds.
  • 1.1A small group of people or things: coveys of actors rushed through the rooms
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    • At least they were on time; he spotted a covey of white uniforms clustered around the guards, signing in.
    • President Reagan's lack of interest in the details might be fine fun for the coveys of arms control quails.
    • The working stiff is not a white-collar writer rubbing elbows with a covey of billionaires.
    group, gang, troop, troupe, party, company, band, bevy, flock; knot, cluster
    informal bunch, gaggle, posse, crew


Middle English: from Old French covee, feminine past participle of cover, from Latin cubare 'lie down'.

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