Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. Dexterously, skilfully.
  • adv. In a sly manner, cunningly.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. In a sly manner; shrewdly; craftily.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In an ingenious or cunning manner; skilfully.
  • In an artful manner; with dexterous or ingenious secrecy; craftily.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. in an artful manner

Etymologies

From sly +‎ -ly. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • He employed the term slyly, knowing his somewhat puritanical publisher would not recognize it.

    Black and White World: This Gun for Hire – The Bleat.

  • Sometimes the titles slyly reflected this double nature.

    Lost in Found Objects

  • Those words had become with her a phrase slyly to play upon.

    Dorothy Vernon of Haddon Hall

  • He spake the old phrase slyly as, glancing round his train,

    The Complete Works of Whittier

  • Obama also made a point in Turkey, a strategic U.S. ally whose population is overwhelmingly Muslim but which prides itself on an officially secular government, of pulling out the same middle name slyly used as a slur by some during the election campaign as a badge of honour and evidence that America remains the land of opportunity.

    London Free Press - News

  • I think that the problem is her inability to think on her feet, to speak extemporaneously about a subject she should know something about, and the blatant why she tried to 'slyly' look at the notes as though no one would notice and as though she were a junior high student.

    Sarah Palin Uses 'Cheat Notes' At Teabagger Convention

  • I respond when I see people like you, cloked in pseudo objectivity, "slyly" pounding him down in hopes he will become a typical politician.

    Obama: It's Me Against The D.C. Foreign Policy Establishment

  • And today was sort of funny to me, that Mitt Romney came out and kind of slyly tried to criticize this Christmas Huckabee ad by saying, you know, I hope that he's sensitive to the diversity of faiths in this country.

    CNN Transcript Dec 18, 2007

  • While the rest of us are happy to chat up a storm about his latest accomplishments, someone has been "slyly" tampering with JN's Wiki page ... again.

    Entertainment Weekly's PopWatch

  • Thirdly, and lastly, as your father says -- though not very often, "added Turkey slyly, meaning that the _lastly_ seldom came with the _thirdly_, --" if we take the honey now, the bees will have plenty of time to gather enough for the winter before the flowers are gone, whereas if we leave it too long they will starve. "

    Ranald Bannerman's Boyhood

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