Not straightforward or candid; insincere or calculating:
implies the deceiving or ensnarement of others by subtle stratagems and ruses wily blandishments
suggests slyness and craftiness that have been sharpened by experience a foxy old trader
suggests a shifty, unreliable quality rather than cleverness at deception tricky subterfuges
implies an artful cunning in contriving stratagems and subtle deceptions a crafty diplomat
implies a cleverness or shrewd skillfulness at deception and circumvention a cunning plot
implies a working to achieve one's ends by evasiveness, insinuation, furtiveness, duplicity, etc. a sly bargain
Find another word for sly. In this page you can discover 97 synonyms, antonyms, idiomatic expressions, and related words for sly, like: delusive, subtle, sneaky, deceiving, tricky, insidious, designing, cunning, smooth, shifty and artful.
"Boris, come here," said she with a sly and significant look.
His eyes too seemed strange; at one moment they looked impudently sly and at the next glanced round in alarm.
He developed four well-defined characters in the process - a country farmer, Ezekiel Biglow, and his son Hosea; the Rev. Homer Wilbur, a shrewd old-fashioned country minister; and Birdofredum Sawin, a Northern renegade who enters the army, together with one or two subordinate characters; and his stinging satire and sly humour are so set forth in the vernacular of New England as to give at once a historic dignity to this form of speech.
A footman, thinking no one saw him, was drinking on the sly what was left in the glasses.