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Sep 2, 2016
This week’s theme
Words related to clothing

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top-hat
coattail
hairshirt
stuffed shirt
slyboots

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slyboots

PRONUNCIATION:
(SLY-boots)

MEANING:
noun: Someone who is clever or crafty in a playful or engaging way.

ETYMOLOGY:
From sly (cunning), from Old Norse sloegr (cunning) + boots (fellow), as in lazyboots. Earliest documented use: 1699.

USAGE:
“A real slyboots he is, if you take my meaning, Your Grace. He would have dropped the boot and bent down low to fetch it, all the while trying to see where he shouldn’t ought see, my apologies to your lady.”
Kasey Michaels; How To Beguile a Beauty; Harlequin; 2010.

See more usage examples of slyboots in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Progressive societies outgrow institutions as children outgrow clothes. -Henry George, economist, journalist, and philosopher (2 Sep 1839-1897)

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