sly

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

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), Saterland Frisian slau (sly, crafty), Dutch sluw (sly, cunning), Low German slu (sly, cunning), German schlau (clever, crafty). Related to sleight, slay.

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Adjective[edit]

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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Adverb[edit]

sly

  1. Slyly.

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Lower Sorbian[edit]

Adjective[edit]

sly

  1. Obsolete spelling of zły (bad, evil)

Middle English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

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

Pronunciation[edit]

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

Adjective[edit]

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

  1. Judicious, considered, shrewd; having or indicative of great wisdom.
  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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Descendants[edit]

  • English: sly
  • Scots: slee

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Swedish[edit]

Noun[edit]

sly n

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

Declension[edit]

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

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