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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
1690-1700
Slyboots brings together the terms sly meaning "cunning or wily" and boots, used metonymically to mean "person." It entered English in the late 1600s.