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Meaning of SLY

Pronunciation:  slI

WordNet Dictionary
[adj]  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"

SLY is a 3 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: artful, crafty, cunning, dodgy, foxy, guileful, knavish, slick, tricksy, tricky, wily



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Sly\, a. [Compar. {Slier}or {Slyer}; superl. {Sliest} or
    {Slyest}.] [OE. sli, slegh, sleih, Icel sl?gr, for sl?gr;
    akin to Sw. slug, Dan. slu, LG. slou, G. schlau; probably to
    E. slay, v.t.; cf. G. verschlagen sly. See {Slay}, v. t., and
    cf. {Sleight}.]
    1. Dexterous in performing an action, so as to escape notice;
       nimble; skillful; cautious; shrewd; knowing; -- in a good
             Be ye sly as serpents, and simple as doves. --Wyclif
                                                   (Matt. x. 16).
             Whom graver age And long experience hath made wise
             and sly.                              --Fairfax.
    2. Artfully cunning; secretly mischievous; wily.
             For my sly wiles and subtle craftiness, The litle of
             the kingdom I possess.                --Spenser.
    3. Done with, and marked by, artful and dexterous secrecy;
       subtle; as, a sly trick.
             Envy works in a sly and imperceptible manner. --I.
    4. Light or delicate; slight; thin. [Obs.]
    {By the sly}, or {On the sly}, in a sly or secret manner.
       [Colloq.] ``Gazed on Hetty's charms by the sly.'' --G.
    {Sly goose} (Zo["o]l.), the common sheldrake; -- so named
       from its craftiness.
    Syn: Cunning; crafty; subtile; wily. See {Cunning}.
  2. \Sly\, adv.
    Slyly. [Obs. or Poetic] --Spenser.