[slˈa͡ɪ], [slˈa‍ɪ], [s_l_ˈaɪ]

Definitions of sly:

  1.   Slyly, slily.
  2.   Slyly.
  3.   Artful; cunning; secret.
  4.   Slyest.
  5.   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"
  6.   Dexterous in performing an action, so as to escape notice; nimble; skillful; cautious; shrewd; knowing; - in a good sense.
  7.   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 Dik"; " a wily old attorney"
  8.   Artfully cunning; secretly mischievous; wily.
  9.   Slyer.
  10.   Light or delicate; slight; thin.
  11.   Artful in doing things secretly; cunning; crafty.
  12.   Slyness.
  13.   SLYLY or SLILY.
  14.   Slily.
  15.   Dexterous in doing anything so as to be unobserved: cunning: wily: secret: done with artful dexterity.
  16.   Artfully cunning; crafty; artfully dexterous in performing things secretly and escaping observation; done with artful and dexterous secrecy; marked with artful secrecy.
  17.   Done with, and marked by, artful and dexterous secrecy; subtle; as, a sly trick.
  18.   Cunning; artful; crafty; clever in doing things secretly and escaping detection, usually implying meanness.
  19.   Secretly mischievous; underhand and crafty; deceitful; playfully mischievous; roguish.

Antonyms for sly:

unconcealed, obvious, plainspoken, outspoken, unpretending, transparent, unprejudiced, simpleminded, patent, unpretentious, impressionable, simple, stern, unbiased, unsophisticated, artless, unaffected, impartial, unvarnished, sincere, sober, Undesigning, natural, naive, straightforward, sedate, trusting, honest, direct, staid, guileless, unworldly, truthful, true, grim, solemn, forthright, frank, veracious, trustful, ingenuous, candid, open, grave, public, trustworthy, real, innocent, aboveboard, unforced, plain, foursquare, childlike, genuine, unreserved, unstudied.

Quotes for sly:

  1. These happy endings all express the weak and sly promise that the world is not rotten and out of joint but meaningful and ultimately in excellent condition. – Douglas Sirk
  2. He was gifted with the sly sharp instinct for self -preservation that passes for wisdom among the rich. – Evelyn Waugh
  3. I've always loved War's Low Rider and Sly Stone's Thank You, and I just wanted to put my take on them. – Barry White

Usage examples for sly:

  1. Of course he wouldn't say anything, men- folks are kind of sly and secret in their doings- even the best of 'em; and you'll find it's so, as you travel along life's path- way. ” – An Alabaster Box by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman and Florence Morse Kingsley
  2. “ Mrs. Stuart exactly comprehended this sly speech; she knew also that there was some truth in it. ” – Literary Love-Letters and Other Stories by Robert Herrick
  3. Sly simplicity at war on every side. ” – Growth of the Soil by Knut Hamsun
  4. Fancy a man going to a sale with his friend, and bidding against him on the sly – A Simpleton by Charles Reade
  5. Then you are sly after all! ” – Trumps by George William Curtis
  6. His expression is said to be sly but I don't think so. ” – From Edinburgh to India & Burmah by William G. Burn Murdoch
  7. The owl spread out his silent, soft, sly wings, and lighting between Tricksey- Wee and Buffy- Bob, nearly smothered them, closing up one under each wing. ” – The Light Princess and Other Fairy Stories by George MacDonald
  8. “ Lucy shook her head, looking sly and shy. ” – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  9. He knew Benson had lost money on the last crop, and besides had been thoroughly scared by the sly Madrigal. ” – The Desert Fiddler by William H. Hamby
  10. “ " I reckoned that the boss was raising your pay, and was being a bit sly about it! ” – When Egypt Went Broke by Holman Day
  11. “ I love fudge, but I'd a whole lot rather have people know we're making it than to do it on the sly – Two Little Women on a Holiday by Carolyn Wells
  12. How sly she looked! ” – The Song of Songs by Hermann Sudermann
  13. We remember, we remember, But we heard it on the sly 'Twon't be finished next November, Nor the subsequent July. ” – Gossip in the First Decade of Victoria's Reign by John Ashton
  14. People read his book on the sly and talked about it in whispers. ” – O. Henry Memorial Award Prize Stories of 1921 by Various
  15. That sly old person has some interest in trying to find out about Winterfield. ” – The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins
  16. I've got some pretty good liquor here, ah-" Zach's father smiled a sly smile. ” – The Strength of Gideon and Other Stories Strength of Gideon; Mammy Peggy's Pride; Viney's Free Papers; The Fruitful Sleeping of The Rev. Elisha Edwards; The Ingrate; The Case of 'Ca'line'; The Finish of Patsy Barnes; One Man's Fortunes; Jim's Probation; U by Paul Laurence Dunbar
  17. Maybe she is not so sly as some folk think. ” – Grand-Daddy Whiskers, M.D. by Nellie M. Leonard
  18. “ I didn't like the sly bad face right before my eyes. ” – The Golden House by Mrs. Woods Baker
  19. The Wolf People are very sly – White Otter by Elmer Russell Gregor
  20. “ " Oh, you're a sly one, Aleck; no flies on you. ” – Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist by Alexander Berkman

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