Definition of secretly in English:


Syllabification: se·cret·ly
Pronunciation: /ˈsēkrətlē


In a secret way; without others knowing: the two were secretly married in 1751 I was embarrassed, but secretly pleased too
More example sentences
  • Villeneuve says union agents secretly staying at the hotel told him of the practice.
  • They had booked a table at a restaurant for dinner and Mr Mears had secretly made plans to propose to her that evening.
  • They marked their special day with a family celebration, planned secretly by their children.
in secret, in private, privately, behind closed doors, in camera, behind the scenes, under cover, under the counter, behind someone's back, furtively, stealthily, on the sly, on the quiet, conspiratorially, covertly, clandestinely, on the side
informal on the QT, off the record, hush-hush
formal sub rosa
privately, in one's heart (of hearts), deep down

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