What does on the sly mean?

Definitions for on the sly

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. furtively, on the sly(adverb)

    in a furtive manner

    "the soldiers were furtively crawling through the night"


  1. on the sly(Adverb)

    Slyly, in an inconspicuous manner, so as not to be seen; secretly; stealthily.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of on the sly in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of on the sly in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

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.

Images & Illustrations of on the sly

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Translations for on the sly

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • salaa, vaivihkaaFinnish
  • тайком, исподтишка, украдкой, втихаря, тихонько, потихонькуRussian

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