Word of the Day – Sleight

By January 12, 2021Word of the Day

Sleight (noun)


The use of dexterity or cunning, especially so as to deceive.

Middle English sleghth ‘cunning, skill’, from Old Norse slœgth, from slœgr ‘sly’.

Example sentences

“Whether through sleight of hand, or sleight of logic, he won the day.”

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