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Friday, June 10, 2016

Definitions for slyboots

  1. an engagingly sly or mischievous person.

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Citations for slyboots
… even though he never said a word, he had more than one trick up his sleeve, the old slyboots. Emmanuel Carrère, translated by Linda Coverdale, A Russian Novel, 2010
This slyboots took me for a ton of money, made me do whatever she wanted--clearly I had left her in charge of everything, including the revenue and the deposits and maybe even the withdrawals, I sang cock-a-doodle-doo like Professor Rath, I was a broken man … Umberto Eco, translated by Geoffrey Brock, The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana, 2005
Origin of slyboots
Slyboots brings together the terms sly meaning "cunning or wily" and boots, used metonymically to mean "person." It entered English in the late 1600s.