- In a secret way; without others knowing: the two were secretly married in 1751 I was embarrassed, but secretly pleased tooMore example sentences
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 rosaprivately, in one's heart (of hearts), deep down
- 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.