Sly

Definition of Sly

a.1.Dexterous in performing an action, so as to escape notice; nimble; skillful; cautious; shrewd; knowing; - in a good sense.
Be ye sly as serpents, and simple as doves.
- Wyclif (Matt. x. 16).
Whom graver age
And long experience hath made wise and sly.
- Fairfax.
2.Artfully cunning; secretly mischievous; wily.
For my sly wiles and subtle craftiness,
The litle of the kingdom I possess.
- Spenser.
3.Done with, and marked by, artful and dexterous secrecy; subtle; as, a sly trick.
Envy works in a sly and imperceptible manner.
- I. Watts.
4.Light or delicate; slight; thin.
By the sly
in a sly or secret manner.
Sly goose
(Zool.) the common sheldrake; - so named from its craftiness.
- G. Eliot.
adv.1.Slyly.

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