- I(Roget's IV) modif.Syn. privately, covertly, obscurely, darkly, surreptitiously, furtively, stealthily, clandestinely, underhandedly, slyly, behind one's back, intimately, personally, confidentially, between you and me, in strict confidence, in secret, behind the scenes, on the sly, behind closed doors, quietly, hush-hush*; see also secretive .Ant. openly*, obviously, publicly.II(Roget's Thesaurus II) adverb In a secret way: clandestinely, covertly, huggermugger, sub rosa. Idioms: by stealth, on the sly, under cover. See SHOW.
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Secretly — Se cret*ly, adv. In a secret manner. [1913 Webster] … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
secretly — [adv] in hidden manner behind closed doors*, behind someone’s back*, by stealth, clandestinely, confidentially, covertly, furtively, hush hush*, in camera*, in confidence, in holes and corners*, in secret, insidiously, in strict confidence*,… … New thesaurus
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