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EnglishEdit

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for sly in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)

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EtymologyEdit

From Middle English sly, sley, from Old Norse slǣgr, 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), Saterland Frisian slau (sly, crafty), Dutch sluw (sly, cunning), Low German slu (sly, cunning), German schlau (clever, crafty). Related to sleight, slay.

PronunciationEdit

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; nimble; skillful; cautious; shrewd; knowing
  3. Done with, and marked by, artful and dexterous secrecy; subtle
    a sly trick
  4. Light or delicate; slight; thin.

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AdverbEdit

sly

  1. Slyly.

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Lower SorbianEdit

AdjectiveEdit

sly

  1. Obsolete spelling of zły (bad, evil)

SwedishEdit

NounEdit

sly n

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

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