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[slahy-lee] /ˈslaɪ li/
in a deceitful manner; cunningly:
They slyly plot to overthrow us.
in a roguish or mischievous way:
Some were serious, while others slyly winked at the camera.
Origin of slyly
1350-1400 (def. 1); 1835-40 (def. 2); sly + -ly Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • "Maybe he has been kissin' mair than his ain hand," said Alisoun Begbie, slyly.

    Lochinvar S. R. Crockett
  • He slyly exhibited a wallet that was stuffed with paper money.

    Blow The Man Down Holman Day
  • The brown Severn was slyly breaking down its banks as it ran.

    From Gretna Green to Land's End Katharine Lee Bates
  • She had been slyly tripped by Louise Selden, she asserted, and had fallen heavily.

    Marjorie Dean Pauline Lester
  • Come now, my lass, said the housekeeper, what has been going on so slyly here?

Word Origin and History for slyly

c.1200, from sly (adj.) + -ly (2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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