What does SLY mean?

Definitions for SLYslaɪ

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word SLY.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. crafty, cunning, dodgy, foxy, guileful, knavish, slick, sly, tricksy, tricky, wily(adj)

    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"


  1. sly(Adverb)


  2. sly(Adjective)

    Artfully cunning; secretly mischievous; wily.

  3. sly(Adjective)

    Dexterous in performing an action, so as to escape notice; nimble; skillful; cautious; shrewd; knowing; u2014 in a good sense.

  4. sly(Adjective)

    Done with, and marked by, artful and dexterous secrecy; subtle; as, a sly trick.

  5. sly(Adjective)

    Light or delicate; slight; thin.

  6. Origin: From sly, sley, from slǽgr, slœgr, from slōgiz, from slak-. Cognate with slægur, slu, schlau. Related to sleight, slay.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sly(verb)

    dexterous in performing an action, so as to escape notice; nimble; skillful; cautious; shrewd; knowing; -- in a good sense

  2. Sly(verb)

    artfully cunning; secretly mischievous; wily

  3. Sly(verb)

    done with, and marked by, artful and dexterous secrecy; subtle; as, a sly trick

  4. Sly(verb)

    light or delicate; slight; thin

  5. Sly(adverb)



  1. Sly

    Sly, ovvero La leggenda del dormiente risvegliato is an opera in three acts by Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari to an Italian libretto by Giovacchino Forzano, based on the Prologue to William Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew. Unlike most of Wolf-Ferrari's other operas, this is a tragedy.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Sly

    slī, adj. dexterous in doing anything so as to be unobserved: cunning: wily: secret: done with artful dexterity: illicit.—n. Sly′boots, a sly or cunning person or animal.—advs. Sly′ly, Slī′ly.—ns. Sly′ness, Slī′ness.—On the sly, slyly, secretly. [Prob. from Ice. slæg-r; cf. Ger. schlau.]

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  2. SLY

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of SLY in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of SLY in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Christi Parsons:

    Her political humor is sly and edgy, and it comes with a Chicago accent.

  2. Charles Lister:

    I think the regime played a very, very sly game, they were playing spoiler with the full knowledge that the opposition’s patience would wear out.

  3. Dan Fogelman:

    Fogelman also revealed Sylvester Stallone will make an appearance as a co-star in the movie Kevin is working on. We needed his big co-star and Sly Stallone is coming to do a huge part on the show as Kevin's co-star and father figure in the film he's shooting.

  4. Dave Pomeroy:

    He expanded the pedal part of the steel. The mechanical evolution of the instrument that led to a new style of playing that was much more expressive and unpredictable, he had this sly, wicked grin that was so great, and if you played something he liked he would look at you and give you that little grin that was the nicest seal of approval ever.

  5. Anne Frank:

    They mustn't know my despair, I can't let them see the wounds which they have caused, I couldn't bear their sympathy and their kind-hearted jokes, it would only make me want to scream all the more. If I talk, everyone thinks I'm showing off; when I'm silent they think I'm ridiculous; rude if I answer, sly if I get a good idea, lazy if I'm tired, selfish if I eat a mouthful more than I should, stupid, cowardly, crafty, etc. etc.

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