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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 sly /ˈslaɪ/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Sly a. [Compar. Slier or Slyer; superl. Sliest or Slyest.]
 1. Dexterous in performing an action, so as to escape notice; nimble; skillful; cautious; shrewd; knowing; -- in a good sense.
    Be ye sly as serpents, and simple as doves.   --Wyclif (Matt. x. 16).
 Whom graver age
 And long experience hath made wise and sly.   --Fairfax.
 2. Artfully cunning; secretly mischievous; wily.
 For my sly wiles and subtle craftiness,
 The litle of the kingdom I possess.   --Spenser.
 3. Done with, and marked by, artful and dexterous secrecy; subtle; as, a sly trick.
    Envy works in a sly and imperceptible manner.   --I. Watts.
 4. Light or delicate; slight; thin. [Obs.]
 By the sly, or On the sly, in a sly or secret manner. [Colloq.] “Gazed on Hetty's charms by the sly.” --G. Eliot.
 Sly goose Zool., the common sheldrake; -- so named from its craftiness.
 Syn: -- Cunning; crafty; subtile; wily. See Cunning.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Sly, adv. Slyly. [Obs. or Poetic]

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj : marked by skill in deception; "cunning men often pass for
            wise"; "deep political machinations"; "a foxy scheme";
            "a slick evasive answer"; "sly as a fox"; "tricky Dik";
            "a wily old attorney" [syn: crafty, cunning, dodgy,
             foxy, guileful, knavish, slick, tricksy, tricky,
      [also: slyest, slyer, sliest, slier]