Etymology
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secretly (adv.)

early 15c., secretli, "in secret, confidentially, in private, without the knowledge or observation of others," from secret (adj.) + -ly (2). Earlier was secrely (late 14c.), from secre (adj.).

updated on March 25, 2022

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Definitions of secretly from WordNet

secretly (adv.)
in secrecy; not openly;
the children secretly went to the movies when they were supposed to be at the library
met secretly to discuss the invasion plans
Synonyms: in secret / on the Q.T. / on the QT
secretly (adv.)
not openly; inwardly;
they were secretly delighted at his embarrassment
hoped secretly she would change her mind
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