[ slahyt ]
/ slaɪt /


skill; dexterity.
an artifice; stratagem.
cunning; craft.

Nearby words

  1. sleevelet,
  2. sleeving,
  3. sleigh,
  4. sleigh bed,
  5. sleigh bell,
  6. sleight of hand,
  7. sleipnir,
  8. slender,
  9. slender loris,
  10. slenderization

Origin of sleight

1225–75; Middle English; early Middle English slēgth < Old Norse slǣgth. See sly, -th1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for sleight


/ (slaɪt) /

noun archaic

skill; dexteritySee also sleight of hand
a trick or stratagem
cunning; trickery

Word Origin for sleight

C14: from Old Norse slægth, from slægr sly

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Word Origin and History for sleight



"cunning," early 14c. alteration of sleahthe (c.1200), from Old Norse sloegð "cleverness, cunning, slyness," from sloegr (see sly). Meaning "skill, cleverness, dexterity" is from late 14c. Meaning "feat or trick requiring quickness and nimbleness of the hands" is from 1590s. Term sleight of hand is attested from c.1400.

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