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Sly


SLY, adjective

1. Artfully dextrous in performing things secretly, and escaping observation or detection; usually implying some degree of meanness; artfully cunning; applied to persons; as a sly man or boy.

2. Done with artful and dextrous secrecy; as a sly trick.

3. Marked with artful secrecy; as sly circumspection.

4. Secret; concealed. Envy works in a sly imperceptible manner.

SLY'-BOOTS, noun A sly cunning or waggish person.