Definition of 'sly'
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The visual image that persists is the sly smile. Christianity Today (2000)My husband has been known to have a sly look at the script. The Sun (2014)But she is very sly and manipulative and the situation is tearing us apart. The Sun (2016)And he has a sly sense of humour. Times, Sunday Times (2006)He is a sly fox disguised as a teddy bear. The Sun (2013)You'd find the sly looks to camera wearying. Times, Sunday Times (2013)Out in the world, people give you sly glances and look shifty. Times, Sunday Times (2013)It seemed intelligent but in a sly, manipulative way. Times, Sunday Times (2010)There are a lot of sly, cunning footballers on planet football. Times, Sunday Times (2013)The humour is sly without being cynical, and the voice actors are a delight. The Sun (2007)It is a story of resistance, sly humour and hope. Times, Sunday Times (2010)Both worlds are deftly caught, with a great deal of sly humour. Times, Sunday Times (2010)And all this is recounted with a wry, sly humour. Times, Sunday Times (2012)A sly smile spread her lips as she thought of their strength. THE WOLF AND THE DOVEHe's also a sly fox. Times, Sunday Times (2009)That is all,' he said with a sly smile. Times, Sunday Times (2010)As a manager he can certainly be sly and cunning, but those who have worked with him know a man with a far broader repertoire. Times, Sunday Times (2014)The piece benefits from the duo's mutual trust, maturity and sly sense of humour. Times, Sunday Times (2008)She had just the sort of sly look that made Miss Pelham clutch her bag more tightly to her chest. Burning Bright (2007)He is cunning and sly (he can remove my debit card from under my nose) and is parasitic with poor behaviour controls. Times, Sunday Times (2015)A quiet man with a neat military moustache, he loved poetry, was a stickler for detail and had a sly sense of humour. Times, Sunday Times (2013)
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Translations for 'sly'
British English: sly /slaɪ/ ADJECTIVE
A sly look, expression, or remark shows that you know something that other people do not know.
He gave me a sly, meaningful look.
- American English: sly
- Arabic: كَتُوم
- Brazilian Portuguese: dissimulado
- Chinese: 狡猾的
- Croatian: prepreden
- Czech: mazaný
- Danish: snedig
- Dutch: sluw
- European Spanish: taimado
- Finnish: viekas
- French: rusé
- German: listig
- Greek: πονηρός
- Italian: scaltro
- Japanese: ずるい
- Korean: 교활한
- Norwegian: slu
- Polish: przebiegły
- European Portuguese: dissimulado
- Romanian: șiret
- Russian: хитрый
- Spanish: malicioso
- Swedish: slug
- Thai: ซึ่งมีเล่ห์เหลี่ยม อย่างฉลาดแกมโกง
- Turkish: kurnaz
- Ukrainian: хитрий
- Vietnamese: ranh mãnh
Definition of sly from the Collins English Dictionary
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