Sly synonyms

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The definition of smooth is even, flat and not rough.
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(Archaic) Characterized by skill or ingenuity; clever.
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Full of wiles; cunning.
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Distinguished by frequent changes in direction:
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(Nonstandard) Treacherous.
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Cunning; disposed to cunning indirectness of dealing; crafty; as, an artful boy. [The usual sense.]
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The definition of shrewd is sharp or intelligent with practical concerns.
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Conniving; crafty.
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Tending to deceive; apt to lie or cheat
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Full of guile; deceitfully or treacherously cunning.
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(Pejorative) Tending to scheme.
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Marked by a disposition to find and point out trivial faults:
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Exciting interest or curiosity; fascinating
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(US, colloquial, rare) Cute, appealing.
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Not scrupulous; not restrained by ideas of right and wrong; unprincipled
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Deceiving or intended to deceive
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That connives; conspiratorial
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(Especially of a robot) Which has the ability to calculate.
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Crafty
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Having the nature of a delusion; false:
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Deceptive or insubstantial.
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Crafty
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Crafty
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Not honest; lying, cheating, etc.
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Prone to speaking evasively, indirectly, or duplicitously; not forthright
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Characterized by unforeseen or hidden hazards; dangerous or deceptive:
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The definition of underhanded is sneaky or deceitful.
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Cowardly, stealthy, underhanded, or furtive
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Duplicitous or deceitful; treacherous.
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Not believing in God, religion, or a comparable ideology.
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Of or involving treason; treasonable
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Out of tune by being above the true or proper pitch
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Energetic or quick in movement:
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The definition of ingenious is clever and inventive, or someone who is smart, clever or original.
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The definition of canny is someone shrewd, clever or careful with money.
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Characterized by or causing dishonor or discredit.
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(Figuratively) Dishonest or illegal; corrupt.
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(Slang) Hard to cope with; difficult or troublesome:
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Producing much fallout
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(Colloquial) In poor condition or repair; worn out; battered; tattered; torn.
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Crafty
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The definition of slick is something glossy, smooth, slippery or oily.
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Of a surface, having low friction, often due to being covered in a non-viscous liquid, and therefore hard to grip, hard to stand on without falling, etc.
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Of dubious character, morality, or legality; questionable:
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Exhibiting ingenuity or imagination; creative or artful:
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Having or showing shrewdness and discernment, especially with respect to one's own concerns.
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Done or acting in a stealthy manner, as if to hinder observation; surreptitious; stealthy; sneaky
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Hard to catch, grasp, etc.; elusive
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The definition of stealthy is a person or thing that is quiet and secretive.
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In good faith; without malice.
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Light in color, especially blond:
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The definition of just is fair or right.
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Capable of some independent functioning because equipped with a microprocessor or computer
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Operating in a hidden or confidential manner:
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Tending to conceal one's thoughts, feelings, affairs, etc. from others; reticent; not frank or open
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1906, O. Henry, By Courier
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Full of caution; careful to avoid danger; circumspect; wary
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(Freemasonry, of a person or lodge) Not recognized as a regular member.
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Not openly practiced, avowed, engaged in, accumulated, or shown:
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The definition of crafty is someone who is sly, clever and deceitful at achieving some goal, or someone or something related to making creative objects.
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The definition of devious is someone or something that is not straightforward or deviates from the usual course of action.
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Designating or of a copy or edition exactly reproducing an original document or manuscript
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Given to or marked by deliberate deceptiveness in behavior or speech.
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Having a distinctive sharp flavor or aroma:
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Suggestive of secret or private knowledge:
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The definition of mischievous is someone or something that causes harm or likes to play and annoy with tricks.
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(Rare) Showing mental quickness
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Subtly sly and tempting.
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Bending, winding, or curving in and out; wavy; serpentine
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The definition of skillful is someone or something that shows talent or adeptness.
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Essential to the effective conduct of war:
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Stealthy, furtive, well hidden, covert (especially movements).
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(Sports) Executed with the hand brought forward and up from below the level of the shoulder; underarm:
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Wary is defined as watchful or cautious.
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Devious; misleading; sneaky.
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To insinuate is defined as to suggest or imply something but not come right out and say it.
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Having or displaying no guile or deceit; honest or sincere:
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Not clever.
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Having no waves or bends:
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Moving or leading straight ahead; direct
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Easy to understand, do, or carry out:
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Having constituent elements separated by a space in writing or printing:
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Deceitfully clever
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Deceitfully clever
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Having the characteristics of a knave; mischievous, roguish, waggish, rascally or impertinent
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Devious or deceptive.
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Not straightforward or candid; insincere or calculating:
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Synonym Study

  • Wily implies the deceiving or ensnarement of others by subtle stratagems and ruses wily blandishments
  • Foxy suggests slyness and craftiness that have been sharpened by experience a foxy old trader
  • Tricky suggests a shifty, unreliable quality rather than cleverness at deception tricky subterfuges
  • Crafty implies an artful cunning in contriving stratagems and subtle deceptions a crafty diplomat
  • Cunning implies a cleverness or shrewd skillfulness at deception and circumvention a cunning plot
  • Sly implies a working to achieve one's ends by evasiveness, insinuation, furtiveness, duplicity, etc. a sly bargain
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