cov·er-up or cov·er·up (kŭvər-ŭp′)
1. An effort or strategy of concealment, especially a planned effort to prevent something potentially scandalous from becoming public.
2. A loose garment for wear over other clothing, such as a swimsuit or an evening dress.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition copyright ©2022 by HarperCollins Publishers. All rights reserved.
Indo-European & Semitic Roots Appendices
Thousands of entries in the dictionary include etymologies that trace their origins back to reconstructed proto-languages. You can obtain more information about these forms in our online appendices:
The Indo-European appendix covers nearly half of the Indo-European roots that have left their mark on English words. A more complete treatment of Indo-European roots and the English words derived from them is available in our Dictionary of Indo-European Roots.