Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Deftness; dexterity.
  • n. A clever or skillful trick or deception; an artifice or stratagem.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Cunning; craft; artful practice.
  • n. An artful trick; sly artifice; a feat so dexterous that the manner of performance escapes observation.
  • n. Dexterous practice; dexterity; skill.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Cunning; craft; artful practice.
  • n. An artful trick; sly artifice; a feat so dexterous that the manner of performance escapes observation.
  • n. Dexterous practice; dexterity; skill.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Cunning; craft; subtlety.
  • n. Skill; dexterity; cleverness.
  • n. Art; contrivance; trick; stratagem; artful feat.
  • n. A feat or trick so skilfully or dexterously performed as to deceive the beholder; a feat of magic; a trick of legerdemain.
  • Deceitful; artful.

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

  • n. adroitness in using the hands

Etymologies

Middle English, alteration of sleahthe, from Old Norse slœgdh, from slœgr, sly.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old Norse slœgð ("cunning"), from slœgr ("sly"). (Wiktionary)

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  • Often used by magicians to refer to a particular move done during a magic trick.

    September 23, 2008

  • of hand, yo!

    February 3, 2008