sleight

noun \ ˈslīt \
Updated on: 20 Apr 2018

Definition of sleight

1 : deceitful craftiness; also : stratagem

Examples of sleight in a Sentence

  1. must have employed some sophisticated sleight to con that wary couple out of their money

  2. a brilliant new theory that pays tribute to his remarkable sleight of mind

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Origin and Etymology of sleight

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


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