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"Ugly" is an adjective which is often translated as "feo", and "sly" is an adjective which is often translated as "astuto". Learn more about the difference between "ugly" and "sly" below.
ugly(
uhg
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li
)
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (hideous)
a. feo
He went through an ugly phase in high school.Pasó una etapa de ser feo en el colegio.
2. (unpleasant)
a. desagradable
They faced an ugly defeat at the Battle of Manassas.Enfrentaron una derrota desagradable en la batalla de Manassas.
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sly(
slay
)
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (clever)
a. astuto
You can't trick me! I'm too sly.¡A mí no se me puede engañar! Soy demasiado astuta.
b. taimado
Don't play games with him. He's a sly opponent.No juegues con él. Es un oponente taimado.
c. pillo
I had no idea about the surprise party! You are so sly!¡No tenía ni idea sobre la fiesta sorpresa! ¡Qué pillo eres!
d.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
He was a sly guy, always full of lies.Era un zorro, siempre mintiendo.
Man, he's a sly one, taking advantage of other people's workVaya que es zorro, aprovechándose del trabajo de los demás.
2. (mischievous)
a. pícaro
"Close your eyes. I've got something to show you," he said with a sly glance."Cierra los ojos. Tengo algo que enseñarte," dijo con una mirada pícara.
b. travieso
With a sly smile, she hid the pilfered fork in her handbag.Con una sonrisa traviesa, escondió el tenedor robado en su bolso.
c. malicioso (with ill-intent)
"I wouldn't want to have to hurt anyone", said the bank robber with a sly smile."No quisiera tener que hacerle daño a nadie", dijo el atracador con una sonrisa maliciosa.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
3. (deceit)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
It turns out my business partner was running his own operation on the sly.Resulta que mi socio llevaba otra operación a escondidas.
She found out he had been meeting a lover on the sly at a nearby motel.Se enteró de que iba encontrándose a hurtadillas con una amante en un motel cercano.
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