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Definition of Sly

Sly

  1. Dexterous in performing an action, so as to escape notice; nimble; skillful; cautious; shrewd; knowing; -- in a good sense.
  2. Artfully cunning; secretly mischievous; wily.
  3. Done with, and marked by, artful and dexterous secrecy; subtle; as, a sly trick.
  4. Light or delicate; slight; thin.
  5. Slyly.

Sly Quotations

I really like the idea of being a bit unpredictable. I'm known for being a nice, easy-going person with a straightforward exterior. So I think a bit of me wants to be sort of sly and devious.
Mark Haddon

There are some women whose pregnancy would make some sly bachelor smile.
Honore de Balzac

On April 3, 2014, Jane Goodall turned 80. The iconic blond ponytail has gone gray, but the sparkle of intelligence, sly humor, and fierce dedication still shines from her hazel eyes.
David Quammen

I think the adverb is a much-maligned part of speech. It's always accused of being oppressive, even tyrannical, when in fact it's so supple and sly.
Eleanor Catton

When I was young in L.A. and I couldn't get into clubs or restaurants, I would call imitating celebrities and get a table, and it would work often. I was either Stallone or Mickey Rourke: 'This is Sly. I may be late, but my buddy Hank will be there early.'
Hank Azaria
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Sly Translations

sly in Afrikaans is slim
sly in Dutch is slim, listig, gewiekst, doortrapt
sly in Finnish is viekas
sly in German is schlau, schlau, durchtrieben
sly in Hungarian is alattomos, sunyi
sly in Italian is furbo
sly in Latin is dolosus
sly in Spanish is cauto, apicarado, furtivo
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