slyness


Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Idioms.
Related to slyness: in turn, jiggery

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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.slyness - shrewdness as demonstrated by being skilled in deceptionslyness - shrewdness as demonstrated by being skilled in deception
astuteness, perspicaciousness, perspicacity, shrewdness - intelligence manifested by being astute (as in business dealings)

slyness

noun
Translations
مَكْر، خُبْث
záludnost
snuhed
sunyiság
kænska
kurnazlıkmuziplik

slyness

[ˈslaɪnɪs] N
1. (= wiliness) → astucia f, lo taimado
2. (= mischievousness) → picardía f (pej) → malicia f

slyness

n
(= cunning)Schlauheit f, → Gerissenheit f; (of person, look also)Verschlagenheit f
(= mischievousness: of look) → Verschmitzheit f

slyness

[ˈslaɪnɪs] n (wiliness) → astuzia, scaltrezza; (mischievousness, of trick, smile) → malizia

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
References in classic literature ?
But here she did injustice to the fire and independence of his character, for it led him to escape out of Longbourn House the next morning with admirable slyness, and hasten to Lucas Lodge to throw himself at her feet.
But at my last words he perked up into a kind of startled slyness.
Stepan Arkadyevitch evidently had the same desire, and on his face Levin saw the look of anxiety always present in a true sportsman when beginning shooting, together with a certain good-humored slyness peculiar to him.
Whether there was anything in the peculiar slyness of her action which fascinated Mr Quilp, or anything in the expression of her features at the moment which attracted his attention for some other reason; or whether it merely occurred to him as a pleasant whim to stare the small servant out of countenance; certain it is, that he planted his elbows square and firmly on the desk, and squeezing up his cheeks with his hands, looked at her fixedly.
John Knightley presently, with some slyness, "he seems to have a great deal of goodwill towards you.
EXCEPT Gilbert -- AND Charlie Sloane," said Diana, imitating Anne's italics and slyness.
Slyness and untruthfulness--that's what she has displayed.
But the slyness with which he slipped in that last question put me on my guard.
As for the bargain, it was wrinkled slyness and craft pitted against native truth and sagacity.
Yet such is the vulpine slyness of Dame Nature, that, till now, Tess had been hoodwinked by her love for Clare into forgetting it might result in vitalizations that would inflict upon others what she had bewailed as misfortune to herself.
Regularly, every slack water, without slyness, boldly and openly in the broad day, Big Alec was to be seen running his line.
The commandant's wink gave a kind of profound slyness to his last utterance; then he began to make a survey.