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synonyms for sly

  • canny
  • impish
  • ingenious
  • intriguing
  • mischievous
  • roguish
  • shrewd
  • smart
  • subtle
  • arch
  • artful
  • astute
  • bluffing
  • cagey
  • calculating
  • captious
  • conniving
  • covert
  • crafty
  • crooked
  • cunning
  • deceitful
  • deceptive
  • delusive
  • designing
  • dishonest
  • dishonorable
  • dissembling
  • double-dealing
  • elusive
  • foxy
  • furtive
  • guileful
  • illusory
  • insidious
  • mean
  • plotting
  • scheming
  • secret
  • sharp
  • shifty
  • slick
  • smooth
  • sneaking
  • stealthy
  • traitorous
  • treacherous
  • tricky
  • underhand
  • unscrupulous
  • wily
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antonyms for sly

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  • behaved
  • foolish
  • inept
  • stupid
  • honest
  • open
  • simple
  • straight
  • straightforward
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From a geeky standpoint, Smith’s reboot-y sequel series honors its predecessor in ways notable and sly, thereby allowing it to function both as an accessible entry point and as a fleshed-out extension of what came before.
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It’s a show about fitness, but it’s also, in a sly way, about feminism.
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On the subject of fashion, men have been quite the sly devils over the years.
WHY THE TAILORED SUIT — NOT RUFFLES AND LACE — BECAME SYNONYMOUS WITH POWERROBIN GIVHANMAY 21, 2021WASHINGTON POST
Google security researchers are warning people to be on the lookout for a squad of sly hackers believed to be North Korean agents.
GOOGLE OUTS SUSPECTED NORTH KOREAN HACKERSROBERT HACKETTJANUARY 26, 2021FORTUNE
As Xu Bing himself has noted, his made-up characters “seem to upset intellectuals,” in a sly sendup of our respect for the written word.
READING, THAT STRANGE AND UNIQUELY HUMAN THING - ISSUE 94: EVOLVINGLYDIA WILSONDECEMBER 23, 2020NAUTILUS
Jones said this with a chuckle and a sly expression in his face, as he glanced meaningly at his companion.
THE FLOATING LIGHT OF THE GOODWIN SANDSR.M. BALLANTYNE
In the first place, one element of public-house talk—the overt or sly indecency—is left out.
THE CHEQUERSJAMES RUNCIMAN
He had known men who were almost as sly as rats; but on the whole he looked upon them as inferior beings.
THE NURSERY, DECEMBER 1881, VOL. XXXVARIOUS
There was a sly emphasis on the word, and a subtle humor in his look that showed the old detective at his worst.
THE CIRCULAR STUDYANNA KATHARINE GREEN
We got Fanny a dress on the sly, gaudy black velvet and Duchesse lace.
THE WORKS OF ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON - SWANSTON EDITION VOL. 25 (OF 25)ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON
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WORDS RELATED TO SLY

  • artful
  • astute
  • calculating
  • conniving
  • contriving
  • crafty
  • cunning
  • deceitful
  • devious
  • expedient
  • opportunist
  • plotting
  • shrewd
  • sly
  • underhanded
  • unscrupulous
  • wily
Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.