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- n. The state or quality of being being sly.
- n. The result or product of being sly.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The quality or state of being sly.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The quality of being sly, or conduct that is sly, in any sense; craftiness; arch or artful wiliness; cunning, especially satirical or playful cunning; archness; the use of wiles or stratagems, or the quality inclining one to use them.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. shrewdness as demonstrated by being skilled in deception
"But when their slyness is known their case is mortal," said Longarine.
At such times there is no trace of hatred or spite in his eyes, but a great deal of humour, and that peculiar fox-like slyness which is only to be noticed in very observant people.
And -- most important -- the emotion (a kind of slyness) that came to him from the "noise" in the being's brain.
She is the pretty, good-natured, well-principled, and rather well-educated menial, whose prudence comes to the aid of her principles, whose pride does not interfere with either, and who has a certain -- it is hardly unfair to call it -- slyness which is of the sex rather than of the individual.
The quiet ways of the Friends, and their habits of self-restraint developed in them a kind of slyness that peculiarly fitted them, sharpened as it was by a love of money, to make a successful and profitable bargain.
One of the Polish students was Klara, about 24, rather small, with the classic Slavic look: clear skin, good cheekbones, a pouty mouth, and a slyness in her blue eyes.
I slowly watched the slyness of daylight creep into the curtains before I exhausted myself to sleep and wondered why I should be living when my sister was gone.
With her capacity for slyness and secrecy – just as she had when she wrote about giving birth to Sharon, keeping her contractions secret because she didn't want to have to go into hospital – she hid her illness.
Sly and the Family Stone: You've got the slyness of "Sly" and the family-ness of "Family," but together with a straight-on drug reference.
Should you, in desperate slyness, seek some forlorn alley or dark passageway and lie down, the omnipresent policeman will rout you out just the same.