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, tricky, insidious, deceiving, sneaky, designing, cunning, smooth, shifty and artful.
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.
Ivanushka, sipping out of her saucer, looked with sly womanish eyes from under her brows at the young men.