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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 ?
To be sure Dolly marvelled greatly to see her in so much distress, for to her thinking a love affair ought to be one of the best jokes, and the slyest, merriest kind of thing in life.
Because he is tied to one of the deepest, slyest foxes in the whole city of London.
Stay, good friend," quoth he, between bursts of merriment, "thou art the slyest old fox that e'er I saw in all my life
Belle and Trix both tried to catch him, and the slyest got him; for, in spite of his airs, he is as soft-hearted as a baby.
Since you do me the honour,' said Bar, with his slyest smile, to ask for my poor aid, it shall be yours with the greatest pleasure.
The city however has been constantly subject to countless problems, yet the likes of mayor have the slyest excuse of labelling the city as being huge, have they never heard of Tokyo, New York and London.
Today's the day to boot in the ballots the slyest and slipperiest Tory twister of them all.
ISSUES OF CLASS AND, MORE SPECIFICALLY, privilege sit at the heart of Lee's Straight White Men, perhaps the gentlest and slyest of the recent anti-realist plays.
In perhaps the slyest example of its reinvention of the monthly periodical as a site of open ideological self-justification, the Defender reviews itself in a June 1932 piece by "R.
It's the return of the Epstein panto, produced by human dynamo Lee Kelly and penned, directed and starring Michael Chapman - the slyest Dame on Merseyside.
SCOUSE = SOS + CUE SLYEST = SYS + LET PROPER = POE + RPR