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sly

 (slī)
adj. sli·er (slī′ər), sli·est (slī′ĕst) also sly·er or sly·est
1. Clever or cunning, especially in the practice of deceit.
2. Stealthy or surreptitious: took a sly look at the letter on the table.
3. Playfully mischievous: a sly laugh.
Idiom:
on the sly
In a way intended to escape notice: took extra payments on the sly.

[Middle English sleigh, from Old Norse slœgr.]

sly′ly adv.
sly′ness n.

sly

(slaɪ)
adj, slyer, slyest, slier or sliest
1. crafty; artful: a sly dodge.
2. insidious; furtive: a sly manner.
3. playfully mischievous; roguish: sly humour.
n
on the sly in a secretive manner
[C12: from Old Norse slǣgr clever, literally: able to strike, from slā to slay]
ˈslyly, ˈslily adv
ˈslyness n

sly

(slaɪ)

adj. sly•er sli•er, sly•est sli•est, adj.
1. cunning or wily.
2. stealthy; surreptitious.
3. mischievous or roguish: sly humor.
n.
4. on the sly, secretly; furtively.
Idiom.
[1175–1225; Middle English sly, sley < Old Norse slŒgr sly, cunning]
sly′ly, adv.
sly′ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.sly - marked by skill in deception; "cunning men often pass for wise"; "deep political machinations"; "a foxy scheme"; "a slick evasive answer"; "sly as a fox"; "tricky Dick"; "a wily old attorney"
artful - marked by skill in achieving a desired end especially with cunning or craft; "the artful dodger"; "an artful choice of metaphors"

sly

adjective
1. roguish, knowing, arch, teasing, naughty, mischievous, wicked, impish His lips were spread in a sly smile.
3. secret, furtive, surreptitious, stealthy, sneaking, covert, clandestine They were giving each other sly looks across the room.
on the sly secretly, privately, covertly, surreptitiously, under the counter (informal), on the quiet, behind (someone's) back, like a thief in the night, underhandedly, on the q.t. (informal) Was she meeting some guy on the sly?

sly

adjective
1. Deceitfully clever:
Translations
mazanýprohnanýzáludnýzlomyslný
snedigsnuunderfundig
viekas
prepreden
glettinnkænn, slóttugur
ずるい
교활한
draiskulīgsnodevīgsviltīgs
nagajivzvit
slug
ซึ่งมีเล่ห์เหลี่ยม อย่างฉลาดแกมโกง
hilebazkurnazmuzipşakacıtilki gibi
ranh mãnh

sly

[slaɪ]
A. ADJ (slyer (compar) (slyest (superl)))
1. (= wily) [person] → astuto, taimado
he's a sly one!¡es un zorro!
2. (= mischievous) [person] → pícaro, travieso; [look, smile] → pícaro, malicioso
B. N on the slya hurtadillas, a escondidas

sly

[ˈslaɪ]
adj [person] → rusé(e); [remark, look] → narquois(e)
a sly smile → un sourire sournois
n
on the sly → en cachette

sly

adj (+er)
(= cunning)schlau, gerissen; person, look alsoverschlagen
(= mischievous) look, winkverschmitzt; humourversteckt
n on the slyheimlich, still und leise (hum), → ganz heimlich

sly

[slaɪ]
1. adj (-ier (comp) (-iest (superl))) (wily) → astuto/a, scaltro/a; (secretive) → furtivo/a; (mischievous, trick) → birbone/a; (smile) → sornione/a, malizioso/a
2. n on the slydi nascosto, di soppiatto

sly

(slai) adjective
1. cunning or deceitful. He sometimes behaves in rather a sly manner.
2. playfully mischievous. He made a sly reference to my foolish mistake.
ˈslyly, ˈslily adverb
ˈslyness noun

sly

كَتُوم mazaný snedig listig πονηρός malicioso, taimado viekas rusé prepreden scaltro ずるい 교활한 sluw slu przebiegły dissimulado хитрый slug ซึ่งมีเล่ห์เหลี่ยม อย่างฉลาดแกมโกง kurnaz ranh mãnh 狡猾的
References in classic literature ?
Here the listeners stole sly looks at one another, and began to sew diligently.
His hazel eyes were little and shrewd, like his mother's, but more sly and suspicious; they fairly snapped at the food.
She had a round, sly, piquant face and pretty black eyes.
I did write for a while in spite of them; but it DOES exhaust me a good deal--having to be so sly about it, or else meet with heavy opposition.
Here we have the man, sly, subtle, hard, imperious, and, withal, cold as ice.
And as for small difficulties and worryings, prospects of sudden disaster, peril of life and limb; all these, and death itself, seem to him only sly, good-natured hits, and jolly punches in the side bestowed by the unseen and unaccountable old joker.
The creature was as lithe as a cat, and as active as a monkey, and the confinement of sewing was her abomination; so she broke her needles, threw them slyly out of the window, or down in chinks of the walls; she tangled, broke, and dirtied her thread, or, with a sly movement, would throw a spool away altogether.
Next, Clarence found that old Merlin was making himself busy on the sly among those people.
I do not like to make insinuations, but I do think the above statistics darkly suggest that these people over here drink this detestable water "on the sly.
I judge it was about a couple of weeks or so after this that I dropped old Sandy McWilliams a note one day - it was a Tuesday - and asked him to come over and take his manna and quails with me next day; and the first thing he did when he stepped in was to twinkle his eye in a sly way, and say, -
Angelo thought he had a good eye; Luigi thought there was something veiled and sly about it.
He's tall, and lazy, and sly, and sneaky, and ruther cowardly, too, but kind of good-natured, and wears long brown hair and no beard, and hasn't got a cent, and Brace boards him for nothing, and gives him his old clothes to wear, and despises him.