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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
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The 'tache is now trimmed, the hair lanky and straggly, the young man older and slyer.
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If this was the Coens' idea of funny, either they're playing a much slyer metatextual game than appears on the surface, or something went very wrong along the way.