“I like the symbolism,” Ware says slyly before reaching for a shopping cart.
He was a shy, abrupt, slyly witty, and intensely thoughtful man.
“The world is porous and full of holes…so you just find the cracks,” Austin says slyly.
I discovered, early on, that if I wanted to get my way I had to do it subtly and slyly.
In Free Fallby Juli Zeh Zeh reinvents the detective story in her slyly intelligent and enigmatic novel.
"Maybe he has been kissin' mair than his ain hand," said Alisoun Begbie, slyly.
I nodded and slyly opened the door enough to pass half-way out.
The brown Severn was slyly breaking down its banks as it ran.
Boche slyly suggesting a most amusing game, the game of true confessions.
Come now, my lass, said the housekeeper, what has been going on so slyly here?
c.1200, "skillful, clever, dexterous," from Old Norse sloegr "cunning, crafty, sly," from Proto-Germanic *slogis (cf. Low German slu "cunning, sly," German schlau), probably from base *slak- "to strike, hit" (see slay (v.)), with an original notion of "able to hit." Cf. German verschlagen "cunning, crafty, sly," schlagfertig "quick-witted," literally "strike-ready," from schlagen "to strike." A non-pejorative use of the word lingered in northern English dialect until 20c. On the sly "in secret" is recorded from 1812. Sly-boots "a seeming Silly, but subtil Fellow" is in the 1700 "Dictionary of the Canting Crew."