What does sleight mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. dexterity, manual dexterity, sleightnoun

    adroitness in using the hands


  1. sleightnoun

    Cunning; craft; artful practice.

  2. sleightnoun

    An artful trick; sly artifice; a feat so dexterous that the manner of performance escapes observation.

  3. sleightnoun

    Dexterous practice; dexterity; skill.

  4. Etymology: From slœgð, from slœgr.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Sleightnoun

    Artful trick; cunning artifice; dexterous practice; as sleight of hand; the tricks of a juggler. This is often written, but less properly, slight.

    Etymology: slagd, cunning, Islandick.

    He that exhorted to beware of an enemy’s policy, doth not give counsel to be impolite; but rather to be all prudent foresight, lest our simplicity be over-reached by cunning sleights. Richard Hooker.

    Fair Una to the red cross knight
    Betrothed is with joy;
    Though false Duessa it to bar,
    Her false sleights do employ. Fairy Queen.

    Upon the corner of the moon,
    There hangs a vap’rous drop, profound;
    I’ll catch it ere it come to ground;
    And that distill’d by magick sleights,
    Shall raise such artificial sprights,
    As, by the strength of their illusion
    Shall draw him on to his confusion. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    Out stept the ample size
    Of mighty Ajax, huge in strength; to him, Laertes’ son,
    That crafty one as huge in sleight. George Chapman.

    She could not so convey
    The massy substance of that idol great,
    What sleight had she the wardens to betray?
    What strength to heave the goddess from her seat? Edward Fairfax.

    In the wily snake
    Whatever sleights, none would suspicious mark,
    As from his wit, and native subtilty
    Proceeding. John Milton.

    Doubtless the pleasure is as great
    Of being cheated, as to cheat;
    As lookers on feel most delight,
    That least perceive the juggler’s sleight. Hudibras.

    Good humour is but a sleight of hand, or a faculty making truths look like appearances, or appearances like truths. Roger L'Estrange.

    When we hear death related, we are all willing to favour the slight, when the poet does not too grossly impose upon us. Dryden.

    While innocent he scorns ignoble flight,
    His honest friends preserve him by a sleight. Jonathan Swift.


  1. Sleight

    Sleight is a 2016 American superhero drama film about a street magician in Los Angeles. The film is directed by J. D. Dillard, written by Dillard and Alex Theurer and stars Jacob Latimore, Seychelle Gabriel, Dulé Hill, Storm Reid, Sasheer Zamata and Michael Villar. The film was released on April 28, 2017, by WWE Studios and Blumhouse Tilt. The film received generally positive reviews from critics and grossed $4 million worldwide, against its $250,000 budget.


  1. sleight

    Sleight refers to skill, dexterity, or cunning, often used to deceive or trick. It is mostly used in the phrase "sleight of hand," which typically describes a magician's skills in performing tricks that deceive the eye.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sleightnoun

    cunning; craft; artful practice

  2. Sleightnoun

    an artful trick; sly artifice; a feat so dexterous that the manner of performance escapes observation

  3. Sleightnoun

    dexterous practice; dexterity; skill

  4. Etymology: [OE. sleighte, sleihte, sleithe, Icel. slg (for slg) slyness, cunning, fr. slgr (for slgr) sly, cunning. See Sly.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Sleight

    slīt, n. cunning: dexterity: an artful trick.—n. Sleight′-of-hand, legerdemain. [Ice. slægth, cunning, slægr, sly.]

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Sleight is ranked #23300 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Sleight surname appeared 1,093 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Sleight.

    95.8% or 1,048 total occurrences were White.
    1.3% or 15 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.1% or 13 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.6% or 7 total occurrences were Black.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sleight in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sleight in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of sleight in a Sentence

  1. Katie Hobbs:

    This statutory sleight of hand is set to expire at the end of my term, leaving no doubt that this was prompted by my efforts to protect the freedom to vote and because they did not like the outcome of the Presidential Election.

  2. Brigitte Amiri:

    The state's bureaucratic sleight of hand is fooling no one. This is an attempt to ban abortion in Kentucky, plain and simple. We are fighting to keep this from happening.

  3. Kate Bedingfield:

    It's impossible to pay for Medicare for All without middle-class tax increases, to accomplish this sleight of hand, her proposal dramatically understates its cost, overstates its savings, inflates the revenue, and pretends that an employer payroll tax increase is something else.

  4. Justin Amash:

    Barr's misrepresentations are significant but often subtle, frequently taking the form of sleight-of-hand qualifications or logical fallacies, which Attorney General Barr hopes people will not notice.

  5. Brad Adams:

    Thailand's friends abroad should not be fooled by this obvious sleight of hand by the junta leader to replace martial law with a constitutional provision that effectively provides unlimited and unaccountable powers.

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