sly

[slˈa͡ɪ], [slˈa‍ɪ], [s_l_ˈaɪ]

Definitions of sly:

  1.   Cunning; artful; crafty; clever in doing things secretly and escaping detection, usually implying meanness. – Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  2.   Slyly, slily. – The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  3.   Dexterous in doing anything so as to be unobserved: cunning: wily: secret: done with artful dexterity. – The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  4.   Slyest. – The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  5.   Artfully cunning; crafty; artfully dexterous in performing things secretly and escaping observation; done with artful and dexterous secrecy; marked with artful secrecy. – Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  6.   Secretly mischievous; underhand and crafty; deceitful; playfully mischievous; roguish. – The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  7.   Slily. – The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  8.   Artful; cunning; secret. – The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  9.   Slyer. – The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  10.   SLYLY or SLILY. – The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  11.   Slyness. – The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.

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. “ 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
  3. 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
  4. Fancy a man going to a sale with his friend, and bidding against him on the sly – A Simpleton by Charles Reade
  5. People read his book on the sly and talked about it in whispers. ” – O. Henry Memorial Award Prize Stories of 1921 by Various
  6. How sly she looked! ” – The Song of Songs by Hermann Sudermann
  7. The Wolf People are very sly – White Otter by Elmer Russell Gregor
  8. “ " I reckoned that the boss was raising your pay, and was being a bit sly about it! ” – When Egypt Went Broke by Holman Day
  9. 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
  10. “ Lucy shook her head, looking sly and shy. ” – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith

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