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 The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.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.)
- 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”), Saterland Frisian slau (“sly, crafty”), Dutch sluw (“sly, cunning”), Low German slu (“sly, cunning”), German schlau (“clever, crafty”). Related to sleight, slay.
- Artfully cunning; secretly mischievous; wily.
- (having a positive sense) Dexterous in performing an action, so as to escape notice
- Done with, and marked by, artful and dexterous secrecy; subtle
a sly trick
- Light or delicate; slight; thin.
- See also Thesaurus: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
- Obsolete spelling of
- very young trees, in particular while growing very densely