sly


sly
sly [slī]
adj.
slier or slyer, sliest or slyest [ME sley < ON slœgr, clever, cunning, lit., able to strike < base of slā & OE slean, to strike: see SLAY]
1. Dial. skillful or clever
2. skillful at trickery or deceit; crafty; wily
3. showing a secretive, crafty, or wily nature; cunningly underhanded
4. mischievous in a playful way; roguish
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on the sly
secretly; stealthily
slyly
adv.
slyness
n.
SYN.- SLY implies a working to achieve one's ends by evasiveness, insinuation, furtiveness, duplicity, etc. [a sly bargain ]; CUNNING implies a cleverness or shrewd skillfulness at deception and circumvention [a cunning plot ]; CRAFTY implies an artful cunning in contriving stratagems and subtle deceptions [a crafty diplomat ]; TRICKY suggests a shifty, unreliable quality rather than cleverness at deception [tricky subterfuges ]; FOXY suggests slyness and craftiness that have been sharpened by experience [a foxy old trader ]; WILY implies the deceiving or ensnarement of others by subtle stratagems and ruses [wily blandishments ]

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