slyness


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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 at my last words he perked up into a kind of startled slyness.
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.
Look at the slyness of her observation about Evgenie's uniform!
The commandant's wink gave a kind of profound slyness to his last utterance; then he began to make a survey.
And there he stood, looking a little upward, with one hand thrust into the breast of his coat, and the other playing with his old-fashioned gold watch-chain: his head thrown a little on one side, and his hat a little more on one side than his head, (but that was evidently accident; not his ordinary way of wearing it,) with such a pleasant smile playing about his mouth, and such a comical expression of mingled slyness, simplicity, kind- heartedness, and good-humour, lighting up his jolly old face, that Nicholas would have been content to have stood there and looked at him until evening, and to have forgotten, meanwhile, that there was such a thing as a soured mind or a crabbed countenance to be met with in the whole wide world.
Perker, with a look of slyness which was very likely accidental.
Regularly, every slack water, without slyness, boldly and openly in the broad day, Big Alec was to be seen running his line.
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.
As for the bargain, it was wrinkled slyness and craft pitted against native truth and sagacity.
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.
"EXCEPT Gilbert -- AND Charlie Sloane," said Diana, imitating Anne's italics and slyness.