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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 ?
She talked with me, and with Perry, and with the taciturn Ghak because we were respectful; but she couldn't even see Hooja the Sly One, much less hear him, and that made him furious.
At the next halt Hooja the Sly One managed to find enough slack chain to permit him to worm himself back quite close to Dian.
You believe in a palace of crystal that can never be destroyed--a palace at which one will not be able to put out one's tongue or make a long nose on the sly.
Now I love thee as my brother, my bully blade," said the Tinker, "else I would not tell thee my news; for sly am I, man, and I have in hand a grave undertaking that doth call for all my wits, for I come to seek a bold outlaw that men, hereabouts, call Robin Hood.
You will all agree," said he, "that our chief danger consists in the sly and treacherous manner in which the enemy approaches us.
And yet," he added, with a sly smile, "I feel that I ought to give you as much knowledge of my character as I possess.
They would not tell me in which direction Hooja had set forth with Dian, so I departed from Phutra, filled with bitterness against the Mahars, and rage toward the Sly One who had once again robbed me of my greatest treasure.
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.
A charming old Italian writer has laid down the canons of perfect feminine beauty with much nicety in a delicious discourse, which, as he delivered it in a sixteenth- century Florentine garden to an audience of beautiful and noble ladies, an audience not too large to be intimate and not too small to be embarrassing, it was his delightful good fortune and privilege to illustrate by pretty and sly references to the characteristic beauties of the several ladies seated like a ring of roses around him.
He had confided his anxiety to Fix who--the sly rascal
She suddenly thought one afternoon, when looking in the glass at her fairness, that there was yet another date, of greater importance to her than those; that of her own death, when all these charms would had disappeared; a day which lay sly and unseen among all the other days of the year, giving no sign or sound when she annually passed over it; but not the less surely there.
On the table," replied Matvey, glancing with inquiring sympathy at his master; and, after a short pause, he added with a sly smile, "They've sent from the carriage-jobbers.