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sly

[slahy]
adjective, slyer or slier, slyest or sliest.
1.
cunning or wily: sly as a fox.
2.
stealthy, insidious, or secret.
3.
playfully artful, mischievous, or roguish: sly humor.
Idioms
4.
on the sly, secretly; furtively: a tryst on the sly.

Origin:
1150–1200; Middle English sly, sley < Old Norse slœgr sly, cunning

slyly, slily, adverb
slyness, noun
unsly, adjective, unslyer or unslier, unslyest or unsliest.
unslyly, unslily, adverb
unslyness, noun


1. artful, subtle, foxy, crafty, shrewd, astute. 2. surreptitious, furtive, underhand, clandestine.


1. direct, obvious.
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sly (slaɪ)
 
adj , slyer, slyest, slier, sliest
1.  crafty; artful: a sly dodge
2.  insidious; furtive: a sly manner
3.  playfully mischievous; roguish: sly humour
 
n
4.  on the sly in a secretive manner
 
[C12: from Old Norse slǣgr clever, literally: able to strike, from slā to slay]
 
'slyly
 
adv
 
'slily
 
adv
 
'slyness
 
n

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Word Origin & History

sly
c.1200, from O.N. sloegr "cunning, crafty, sly," from P.Gmc. *slogis (cf. Low Ger. slu "cunning, sly"), probably from base *slog- "hit" (see slay), with an original notion of "able to hit." Cf. Ger. verschlagen "cunning, crafty, sly," schlagfertig "quick-witted," lit. "ready
to strike," from schlagen "to strike." A non-pejorative use of the word lingered in northern Eng. 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."
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sly definition


  1. mod.
    excellent; cool. : That is really a sly jacket you got there.
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