See also: Sly, slý, and šly

EnglishEdit

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EtymologyEdit

From Middle English sly, sley, sleigh, sleiȝ, from Old Norse slægr, slœgr (sly, cunning, literally capable of hitting or striking), from Proto-Germanic *slōgiz (lively, agile, cunning, sly, striking), from Proto-Indo-European *slak- (to hit, throw). Cognate with Icelandic slægur (crafty, sly), Norwegian Nynorsk sløg (sly). Related to sleight, slay. In all likelihood, however, unrelated with Saterland Frisian slau (sly, crafty), Dutch sluw (sly, cunning), Low German slu (sly, cunning), German schlau (clever, crafty).

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /slaɪ/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -aɪ

AdjectiveEdit

sly (comparative slier or slyer, superlative sliest or slyest)

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

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TranslationsEdit

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Further readingEdit

AdverbEdit

sly

  1. Slyly.

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Lower SorbianEdit

AdjectiveEdit

sly

  1. Obsolete spelling of zły (bad, evil)

Middle EnglishEdit

Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old Norse slœgr, from Proto-Germanic *slōgiz.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /sliː/, /slɛi̯/, /slix/, /slɛi̯x/

AdjectiveEdit

sly (plural and weak singular slye, comparative slyer, superlative sliest)

  1. Judicious, considered, shrewd; having or indicative of great wisdom.
    • c. 1395, John Wycliffe, John Purvey [et al.], transl., Bible (Wycliffite Bible (later version), MS Lich 10.)‎[1], published c. 1410, Matheu 10:35, page 4v, column 1; republished as Wycliffe's translation of the New Testament, Lichfield: Bill Endres, 2010:
      lo I ſende ȝou as ſcheep in þe myddil of wolues / þerfoꝛ be ȝe ſliȝ as ſerpentis .· and ſymple as dowues
      So I'm sending you out like sheep in amongst wolves, so be shrewd like snakes and harmless like doves.
  2. Adept, expert, quality; having or indicative of great expertise.
  3. Sly, artful, wily; employing or being an example of deception.
  4. (rare) Attractive; having good looks.
  5. (rare) Unknown or hidden.

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DescendantsEdit

  • English: sly
  • Scots: slee

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SwedishEdit

NounEdit

sly n

  1. very young trees, in particular while growing very densely

DeclensionEdit

Declension of sly 
Uncountable
Indefinite Definite
Nominative sly slyet
Genitive slys slyets

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