sly ADJECTIVE (slyer, slyest) 1) having a cunning and deceitful nature. 2) (of a remark, glance, or expression) insinuating. 3) (of an action) surreptitious.
on the sly — Cf. ↑on the sly
DERIVATIVES slyly (also slily) adverb slyness noun.
ORIGIN Old Norse, 'cunning' .

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