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Meaning & Definition of Secretly in English

English

Secretly

/sikrɪtli/

adverb

1. In secrecy

  • Not openly
  • "Met secretly to discuss the invasion plans"
  • "The children secretly went to the movies when they were supposed to be at the library"
  • "They arranged to meet in secret"
    synonym:
  • secretly
  • ,
  • in secret
  • ,
  • on the Q.T.
  • ,
  • on the QT

2. Not openly

  • Inwardly
  • "They were secretly delighted at his embarrassment"
  • "Hoped secretly she would change her mind"
    synonym:
  • secretly

Examples of using

Mary discovered that Tom was secretly a talented singer.
Maria didn’t suspect that "Tom", her pen-friend, with whom she had been corresponding for months over the Internet and whom she secretly loved, without ever having met him, was actually a super-intelligent squirrel.
He secretly showed me her photograph.