"He is sly as a fox."

Translation:Er ist schlau wie ein Fuchs.

May 26, 2018



Was ist der Unterschied zwischen "schlau" und "klug"?

May 26, 2018


The differnce between sly and smart.

May 26, 2018


Colloquially, schlau can also be used as any form of smart/intelligent, but in this idiom it's intended as savvy, sly, cunning. Or foxy....

Often "schlau" has a negative connotation, like hiding one's real intentions, pursuing only one's own goals, while "klug" is rather meant as sage, wise, with a positive connotation. Also this can change, see "neunmalklug", "altklug".

Cf. https://www.dict.cc/?s=schlau and https://www.dict.cc/?s=klug

May 27, 2018
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