sleight

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English sleighte, sleyght, sleythe, from Old Norse slœgð (cunning), from Proto-Germanic *slōgiþō, from *slōgiz (cunning) (whence English sly). Doublet of slöjd/sloyd.

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sleight (countable and uncountable, plural sleights)

  1. Cunning; craft; artful practice.
  2. (countable) An artful trick; sly artifice; a feat so dexterous that the manner of performance escapes observation.
    • 1866, Henry Smith, ‎Thomas Fuller, The Sermons of Mr. Henry Smith (page 37)
      If men have so many sleights to compass their matters, how can the compasser himself hold his fingers?
  3. Dexterous practice; dexterity; skill.

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Middle English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Noun[edit]

sleight

  1. Alternative form of sleighte

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Adjective[edit]

sleight

  1. Alternative form of slight

Yola[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English slight, from Old English sliht.

Adjective[edit]

sleight

  1. slight

References[edit]

  • Jacob Poole (1867), William Barnes, editor, A Glossary, With some Pieces of Verse, of the old Dialect of the English Colony in the Baronies of Forth and Bargy, County of Wexford, Ireland, London: J. Russell Smith, page 68