\ ˈslīt How to pronounce sleight (audio) \

Definition of sleight

1 : deceitful craftiness also : stratagem

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Examples of sleight in a Sentence

must have employed some sophisticated sleight to con that wary couple out of their money a brilliant new theory that pays tribute to his remarkable sleight of mind
Recent Examples on the Web Attendees are invited to bring their own cameras and take a photo with Santa and his sleight. Roy Kent, Houston Chronicle, "THIS WEEK: Katy ISD board may name school, new principal," 15 Dec. 2019 Erdogan is, first and last, a Turkish nationalist; no sleight -- perceived or otherwise -- will go unanswered. Tim Lister, CNN, "No longer the obedient NATO ally, Erdogan floats nuclear option," 21 Oct. 2019 David and Sean amuse and amaze with sleight-of-hand card magic and confounding mysteries with coins, dice and borrowed watches. Holly Baumbach,, "Things to do in Chicago today | Nov. 25," 25 Nov. 2019 Then, expert magician David Reed-Brown will perform fascinating sleight-of-hand tricks in the candlelit Jules Verne Steampunk Library, while guests enjoy elegant hors d’oeuvres and dessert., "Community News For The Farmington Valley Edition," 28 Oct. 2019 Each savory recipe deploys honest ingredients and a few perfectly accessible cooking sleights-of-hand to achieve an umami-rich depth that everyone from carnivores to raw vegans can’t help but hanker for. Adina Steiman, WSJ, "A Cookbook Packed With Red-Blooded Vegetarian Fare," 31 May 2018 The most difficult element to replicate in practice is the execution, the timing, the pace of the Falcons’ sleight-of-hand at a scrimmage tempo. Sean Keeler, The Denver Post, "CU Buffs defensive coordinator Tyson Summers can already smell what Air Force is cooking," 11 Sep. 2019 Everyone has to consider that this is not just a constitutional sleight-of-hand. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, "A Kashmiri Novelist on a State Under Siege," 16 Aug. 2019 This underground sleight-of-literary-hand, amazingly, was accomplished in just 18 days, and most of the accomplices were severely punished for their stunt. Sue Gilmore, The Mercury News, "Fake news makes fools of Nazis in E.R. Ramzipoor’s ‘The Ventriloquists’," 13 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of sleight

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for sleight

Middle English, from Old Norse slœgth, from slœgr sly — more at sly

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The first known use of sleight was in the 14th century

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27 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Sleight.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 18 January 2020.

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