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sly

Pronunciation: /slaɪ/

Translation of sly in Spanish:

adjective/adjetivo (-er, -est)

  • 1.1 (cunning) [person] astuto, ladino, taimado you're a sly one ¡qué pillo eres!, ¡eres un zorro! on the sly a escondidas, a hurtadillas
    Example sentences
    • Those raised in urban Western understanding of the psychology of the animal kingdom tend to view the fox as a cunning, sly, deceitful animal.
    • She was a rather cunning and sly teenager by nature, accented by her narrow brown eyes and usual smirk.
    • When Chinese describe a person as ‘a monkey’, it means the person is extremely sly or cunning.
    1.2 (roguish) [look/grin] malicioso, travieso, pícaro
    Example sentences
    • He couldn't resist what appeared a sly dig at the directors of Dundee, suggesting that by refusing to accept his offer to invest, they were willing to risk their club's financial well-being.
    • He seems touched but then can't resist having a sly dig at himself by pointing out that the really tender thing to have done would have been not to include it on the album.
    • Stan nodded conspiratorially, a sly grin creeping over his face.

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