sleight

The noun sleight refers to being able to use your hands with ease, especially when doing a trick. Sleight is often used in the phrase "sleight of hand." If you are a good magician, you can make a coin disappear with sleight of hand.

The noun sleight refers to cunning or cleverness, especially when used to trick or deceive. You can use a sleight of mind to trick yourself into believing that if you eat a box of cookies at dinnertime, it counts as dinner. The word sleight has a long history and comes from the Middle English word sleghth, which also meant "cunning." Back then, people would have pronounced the "gh" — even though today we don't.

Definitions of sleight
  1. noun
    adroitness in using the hands
    synonyms: dexterity, manual dexterity
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    type of:
    adeptness, adroitness, deftness, facility, quickness
    skillful performance or ability without difficulty
Commonly confused words

slight / sleight

Slight and sleight sound the same, but things that are slight are little and light, and sleight means slyness or sneakiness.

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