Sly vs Sty - What's the difference?

sly | sty |


As adjectives the difference between sly and sty

is that sly is artfully cunning; secretly mischievous; wily while sty is hundredth.

As an adverb sly

is slyly.

sly

English

(Webster 1913)

Alternative forms

* (l) (obsolete)

Adjective

  • Artfully cunning; secretly mischievous; wily.
  • Dexterous in performing an action, so as to escape notice; nimble; skillful; cautious; shrewd; knowing; — in a good sense.
  • Done with, and marked by, artful and dexterous secrecy; subtle; as, a sly trick.
  • Light or delicate; slight; thin.
  • Synonyms

    * artful * cunning * knowing * sharp * crafty * shrewd * shifty * sly as a fox * slim * wily * See also

    Derived terms

    * sly as a fox * slyboots * slyness

    Adverb

  • Slyly.
  • Anagrams

    * ----

    sty

    English

    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) (m), from (etyl) .

    Noun

    (sties)
  • A pen or enclosure for swine.
  • (figurative) A messy, dirty or debauched place.
  • * Milton
  • To roll with pleasure in a sensual sty .
    Synonyms
    * (enclosure for swine) pigpen, pigsty * (messy or dirty place) hovel, pigsty

    Verb

    (en-verb)
  • To place in, or as if in, a sty.
  • (Shakespeare)
  • To live in a sty, or any messy or dirty place.
  • Etymology 2

    From (etyl) (m), .

    Alternative forms

    * stee, stie, stigh

    Verb

  • (label) To ascend, rise up, climb.
  • * 1395 , (John Wycliffe), Bible , Isaiah LIII:
  • And he schal stie as a ?erde bifor him, and as a roote fro þirsti lond.
  • * 1590 , Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene , I.xi:
  • The beast impatient of his smarting wound, / And of so fierce and forcible despight, / Thought with his wings to stye aboue the ground [...].
    Derived terms
    * *

    Noun

    (sties)
  • A ladder.
  • Etymology 3

    Probably a .

    Alternative forms

    * stye

    Noun

    (sties)
  • (label) An inflammation of the eyelid.