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Definition of 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

I'm no wizard, and I don't like being thought of in that light at all. I think of a wizard as being some sort of magician or something, doing something on the sly or something, and I don't want to be thought of in that way.
John Wooden

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

He was gifted with the sly, sharp instinct for self-preservation that passes for wisdom among the rich.
Evelyn Waugh

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
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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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