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- sligh (obsolete)
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”), German schlau (“clever, crafty”). Related to sleight, slay.
- Artfully cunning; secretly mischievous; wily.
- Dexterous in performing an action, so as to escape notice; nimble; skillful; cautious; shrewd; knowing; — in a good sense.
- Done with, and marked by, artful and dexterous secrecy; subtle; as, a sly trick.
- Light or delicate; slight; thin.
- See also Wikisaurus:wily
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- sly in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- sly in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
- very young trees, in particular while growing very densely