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English Dictionary: Sly by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
sly
adj
  1. marked by skill in deception; "cunning men often pass for wise"; "deep political machinations"; "a foxy scheme"; "a slick evasive answer"; "sly as a fox"; "tricky Dick"; "a wily old attorney"
    Synonym(s): crafty, cunning, dodgy, foxy, guileful, knavish, slick, sly, tricksy, tricky, wily
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Sly \Sly\, adv.
      Slyly. [Obs. or Poetic] --Spenser.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Sly \Sly\, a. [Compar. {Slier}or {Slyer}; superl. {Sliest} or
      {Slyest}.] [OE. sli, slegh, sleih, Icel sl[?]gr, for sl[?]gr;
      akin to Sw. slug, Dan. slu, LG. slou, G. schlau; probably to
      E. slay, v.t.; cf. G. verschlagen sly. See {Slay}, v. t., and
      cf. {Sleight}.]
      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. [Obs.]
  
      {By the sly}, [or] {On the sly}, in a sly or secret manner.
            [Colloq.] [bd]Gazed on Hetty's charms by the sly.[b8] --G.
            Eliot.
  
      {Sly goose} (Zo[94]l.), the common sheldrake; -- so named
            from its craftiness.
  
      Syn: Cunning; crafty; subtile; wily. See {Cunning}.
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