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3 letters words from 'sly'

SLY 6 

All 3 letters words made out of sly

sly lsy syl ysl lys yls

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Definitions and meaning of sly


Alternative forms

  • sligh (obsolete)


From Middle English sly, sley, sleigh, sleiȝ, from Old Norse slægr, slœgr (sly, cunning, literally capable of hitting or striking), from Proto-Germanic *slōgiz (lively, agile, cunning, sly, striking), from Proto-Indo-European *slak- (to hit, throw). Cognate with Icelandic slægur (crafty, sly), Norwegian Nynorsk sløg (sly). Related to sleight, slay. In all likelihood, however, unrelated with Saterland Frisian slau (sly, crafty), Dutch sluw (sly, cunning), Low German slu (sly, cunning), German schlau (clever, crafty).


  • IPA(key): /slaɪ/
  • Rhymes: -aɪ


sly (comparative slier or slyer, superlative sliest or slyest)

  1. Artfully cunning; secretly mischievous; wily.
  2. (having a positive sense) Dexterous in performing an action, so as to escape notice
    Synonyms: nimble, skillful, cautious, shrewd
  3. Done with, and marked by, artful and dexterous secrecy; subtle
  4. Light or delicate; slight; thin.


  • See also Thesaurus:wily

Derived terms


Further reading

  • sly in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
  • sly in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.



  1. Slyly.


  • Lys, YLS, YLs, lys, syl-

Lower Sorbian



  1. Obsolete spelling of zły (bad, evil)

Middle English

Alternative forms

  • scle, slei, sley, scley, slegh, sleigh, sleygh, sligh, slygh, sleȝ, sleiȝ, sleiȝh, sliȝ, slyȝ, scliȝ, slyȝh, sleyh, slih, slyh


From Old Norse slœgr, from Proto-Germanic *slōgiz.


  • IPA(key): /sliː/, /slɛi̯/, /slix/, /slɛi̯x/


sly (plural and weak singular slye, comparative slyer, superlative sliest)

  1. Judicious, considered, shrewd; having or indicative of great wisdom.
  2. Adept, expert, quality; having or indicative of great expertise.
  3. Sly, artful, wily; employing or being an example of deception.
  4. (rare) Attractive; having good looks.
  5. (rare) Unknown or hidden.

Related terms

  • sleighly
  • sleight
  • slynesse


  • English: sly
  • Scots: slee


  • “sleigh, adj.”, in MED Online, Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan, 2007, retrieved 2019-06-05.



sly n

  1. very young trees, in particular while growing very densely



  • lys, syl, yls

  • the state of being sluttish.
    (source: Collins Scrabble Dictionary)