Definition of sly
- a sly jest
the movie pairs a sly, dissembling ex-con with an upstanding, straight-arrow cop
why, you sly fellow! I had no idea you were planning my birthday party
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: clever in a dishonest way
: showing that you know a secret
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to grant as a privilege or special favor
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