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In 'Plutarch,' her voice begins to come out; there are actual 2,000-year-old quotes from Cleopatra, and they are sly and saucy.
Stacy Schiff

Meaning of "sly" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD SLY

From Old Norse slǣgr clever, literally: able to strike, from slā to slay.
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Etymology is the study of the origin of words and their changes in structure and significance.
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PRONUNCIATION OF SLY

sly  [slaɪ] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF SLY

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Sly can act as a noun and an adjective.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

The adjective is the word that accompanies the noun to determine or qualify it.

WHAT DOES SLY MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Definition of sly in the English dictionary

The first definition of sly in the dictionary is crafty; artful. Other definition of sly is insidious; furtive. Sly is also playfully mischievous; roguish.


WORDS THAT RHYME WITH SLY


alkali
ˈælkəˌlaɪ
ally
əˈlaɪ
apply
əˈplaɪ
butterfly
ˈbʌtəˌflaɪ
comply
kəmˈplaɪ
dragonfly
ˈdræɡənˌflaɪ
Eli
ˈiːlaɪ
firefly
ˈfaɪəˌflaɪ
fly
flaɪ
imply
ɪmˈplaɪ
July
dʒuːˈlaɪ
lie
laɪ
moduli
ˈmɒdjʊˌlaɪ
multiply
ˈmʌltɪˌplaɪ
ply
plaɪ
rely
rɪˈlaɪ
reply
rɪˈplaɪ
stimuli
ˈstɪmjʊlaɪ
supply
səˈplaɪ
tali
ˈteɪlaɪ

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE SLY

slushiest
slushily
slushiness
slushy
slut
slutch
slutchy
Sluter
sluttery
sluttish
sluttishly
sluttishness
slutty
sly grog
slyboots
Slydial
slyish
slyly
slyness
slype

WORDS THAT END LIKE SLY

properly
proudly
publicly
quickly
really
recently
seriously
significantly
simply
slightly
specifically
successfully
the Fourth of July
the only
totally
truly
typically
unfortunately
usually
weekly

Synonyms and antonyms of sly in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «SLY»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «sly» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of sly

Translation of «sly» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF SLY

Find out the translation of sly to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of sly from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «sly» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

狡猾的
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

taimado
570 millions of speakers

English

sly
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

धूर्त
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

كَتُوم
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

хитрый
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

dissimulado
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

সেয়ানা
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

rusé
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Diam
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

listig
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

ずるい
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

교활한
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Sly
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

ranh mãnh
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

ரகசியமாக
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

लबाडी
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

sinsi
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

scaltro
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

przebiegły
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

хитрий
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

șiret
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

πονηρός
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

skelm
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

slug
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

slu
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of sly

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «SLY»

The term «sly» is very widely used and occupies the 17.327 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «SLY» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «sly» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «sly» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about sly

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9 QUOTES WITH «SLY»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word sly.
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Asghar Farhadi
Unless you're trying to make a movie on the sly, there's no way to get around this. If you want to use public spaces, film on the streets, have the cooperation of the police, you have to have a permit.
2
Mark Haddon
I really like the idea of being a bit unpredictable. I'm known for being a nice, easy-going person with a straightforward exterior. So I think a bit of me wants to be sort of sly and devious.
3
Emile Hirsch
Believe it or not, I got into the charismatic, shady, sly heart of Sedgewick Bell by watching CNN and C-SPAN.
4
Jennifer Hudson
Long before 'American Idol', people used to call me a diva. And I be like, 'Hold on, are you calling me something else on the sly? You gonna call me a diva, call me a good diva.'
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Karan Johar
I remember breaking the news to both my parents that I wanted to be a director, and they both looked very doubtful. They didn't know what a closet Hindi film buff I was. I used to dance to old Hindi films songs on the sly, so my decision to be a part of Hindi cinema was shocking even for my parents.
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David Quammen
On April 3, 2014, Jane Goodall turned 80. The iconic blond ponytail has gone gray, but the sparkle of intelligence, sly humor, and fierce dedication still shines from her hazel eyes.
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Stacy Schiff
In 'Plutarch,' her voice begins to come out; there are actual 2,000-year-old quotes from Cleopatra, and they are sly and saucy.
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Douglas Sirk
These happy endings all express the weak and sly promise that the world is not rotten and out of joint but meaningful and ultimately in excellent condition.
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Evelyn Waugh
He was gifted with the sly, sharp instinct for self-preservation that passes for wisdom among the rich.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «SLY»

Discover the use of sly in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to sly and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Sly Moves: My Proven Program to Lose Weight, Build Strength, ...
His goal here is to help readers change harmful fitness habits, learn to counter reckless eating, and appreciate who they are even when they don't feel much like action heroes.
Sylvester Stallone, 2005
2
Sly
Together the boys discover the delights of sex, drugs and cheap booze, but their great passion is the story of Sly's pioneering ancestors, as revealed by the dusty and fragile Fox family chronicles.
Rick Feneley, 2014
3
Sly Fox and Little Red Hen
Light-hearted stories and fables about talking animals are a very old European tradition. This simple retelling omits the hen's amazing skill with a needle and thread, but retains the original humour of the tale.
‎1998
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Philo's Alexandria
In this compelling new study, Dorothy I. Sly searches through Philo's treatises for information about Alexandria.
Dorothy I. Sly, 2013
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Sly: The Lives of Sylvester Stewart and Sly Stone
THE STORY OF THE MAN BEHIND THE HITS: "Dance to the Music," "Stand," ""I Want to Take You Higher," "Everyday People," "Sing a Simple Song," "You Can Make It If You Try," "Hot Fun in the Summertime,"" "Everybody is a Star," "Thank ...
Eddie Santiago, 2008
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Sly Flourish's Dungeon Master Tips (ePub)
This Dungeons and Dragons 4th Edition compatible book was written to give you solid usable tips to help you build your story, design exciting encounters, and run a great game when you're at the table.
Michael Shea, 2010
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Ten Sly Piranhas: A Counting Story in Reverse (A Tale of ...
A school of ten sly piranhas gradually dwindles as they waylay and eat each other.
William Wise, 2004
8
The Sly Company of People Who Care
Rahul Bhattacharya. THE SLY COMPANYOF PEOPLE WHO CARE RAHUL BHATTACHARYA PICADOR All this was Dutch. Then, like so much else, it THE SLY COMPANYOF PEOPLE WHO CARE.
Rahul Bhattacharya, 2011
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Sly Fox and Red Hen
The story is told simply, with frequent repetition of the main story words and phrases.Trust Ladybird to help your child learn to read and become a confident reader.
Ladybird, 2010
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Sly cooper and the thievius raccoonus: Prima's official ...
Title Selling Points Sales Ranking: * - Complete character run down on friends and foes alike - Locations of key resources that progress and prolong your game - Complete walkthrough of all game environments - Strategies for surviving boss ...
David Jon Winding, Dimension Publishing, 2002

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «SLY»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term sly is used in the context of the following news items.
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Sly James coasts to victory as KC mayor in near record low voter …
After the least suspenseful mayoral campaign in recent Kansas City history, incumbent Mayor Sly James coasted to victory Tuesday night over low-budget ... «Kansas City Star, Jun 15»
2
Mayor Sly James: New downtown Hyatt Hotel could mean changes …
Mayor Sly James unveiled a plan to bring an 800-room convention hotel to downtown Kansas City. It's supposed to bring hotel convention business back to the ... «KSHB, May 15»
3
Police on guard after threats made against KC Mayor Sly James
The Mayor's Office confirms that someone made threats against Mayor Sly James. They say Kansas City Police are taking these threats very seriously. «KMBC Kansas City, Apr 15»
4
Mayor Sly James lashes out at Uber, which returns fire
Kansas City Mayor Sly James is gaining a reputation as a guy who can get angry and speak his mind. It happened again Thursday when the City Council ... «Kansas City Star, Apr 15»
5
Sly Stone is awarded $5 million in lawsuit over unpaid royalties
In the 1960s and '70s, Sly Stone was one of funk and soul music's most hopeful figures. He penned incandescent, era-defining singles like "Everyday People" ... «Los Angeles Times, Jan 15»
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Sly Stone awarded $5m in unpaid royalties
Sly Stone has been awarded $5m in unpaid royalties. The funk pioneer had taken out a lawsuit against his former manager and attorney claiming that money he ... «The Guardian, Jan 15»
7
Gongs for Cram, Peters and Sly
FORMER Olympic athletes Steve Cram, Dame Mary Peters and Wendy Sly are among the recipients of awards in the New Year Honours. Cram, the former world ... «South Wales Argus, Dec 14»
8
Escaped prison inmate found at Sly McFly's in Monterey
John Collard, who escaped from a camp in Ben Lomond by driving off in a government vehicle earlier this week, was found Thursday night at Sly McFly's. «KSBW The Central Coast, Sep 14»
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Looks like he brought back up! Action man Sly Stallone joined by his …
Sly looked protective as he posed beside his lovely family while clad in a light ... Sly and Jennifer's eldest daughter Sophia - who will soon turn 18 - wore a chic ... «Daily Mail, Aug 14»
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Mayor Sly James pushes for an open carry ban in Kansas City
At Mayor Sly James' urging, the Kansas City Council's public safety committee on Wednesday endorsed a measure that would ban people from openly carrying ... «Kansas City Star, Jul 14»

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« EDUCALINGO. Sly [online]. Available <https://educalingo.com/en/dic-en/sly>. Jul 2020 ».
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