Definitions of cunning

  1. showing inventiveness and skill; " a clever gadget"; " the cunning maneuvers leading to his success"; " an ingenious solution to the problem"
  2. marked by skill in deception; " cunning men often pass for wise"; " deep political machinations"; " a foxy scheme"; " a slick evasive answer"; " sly as a fox"; " tricky Dick"; " a wily old attorney"
  3. attractive especially by means of smallness or prettiness or quaintness; " a cute kid with pigtails"; " a cute little apartment"; " cunning kittens"; " a cunning baby"
  4. drafty artfulness ( especially in deception)
  5. shrewdness in deception; " as cunning as a fox"
  6. marked by skill in deception; " cunning men often pass for wise"; " deep political machinations"; " a foxy scheme"; " a slick evasive answer"; " sly as a fox"; " tricky Dik"; " a wily old attorney"
  7. Knowing; skillful; dexterous.
  8. Wrought with, or exhibiting, skill or ingenuity; ingenious; curious; as, cunning work.
  9. Crafty; sly; artful; designing; deceitful.
  10. Knowledge; art; skill; dexterity.
  11. The faculty or act of using stratagem to accomplish a purpose; fraudulent skill or dexterity; deceit; craft.
  12. Craftiness.
  13. Skilful; crafty; sly; designing; subtle; colloquially, pretty.
  14. Cunningly.
  15. Knowing: skillful: artful: crafty.
  16. Knowledge: skill: faculty of using stratagem to accomplish a purpose.
  17. Skilful; artful; crafty.
  18. Crafty or shrewd; artful; guileful.
  19. A crafty disposition; craft; guile; artifice.
  20. Knowing; skilful; artful; crafty; wrought with skill.
  21. Knowledge acquired by experience; skill; art; craft; subtilty; deceit.

Usage examples for cunning

  1. He had too cunning a gift. – The Ship of Stars by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  2. He's too cunning for that. – Grace Harlowe's Golden Summer by Jessie Graham Flower
  3. Nothing can affect us less, but at the same time nothing can affect us more; and how little can cunning do against it? – The Note-Books of Samuel Butler by Samuel Butler
  4. " If you tell her how you met me and who I am at first," said the cunning woman, " she will move heaven and earth to prevent our marriage. – The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins Last Updated: January 3, 2009
  5. More than that, you cannot think why I fastened on you to help me, and, cunning little vermin that you are, you stopped at nothing to discover it. – The Everlasting Arms by Joseph Hocking
  6. A plow ox is cunning and in thick timber moves much faster than a man. – Northwest! by Harold Bindloss
  7. Something might have been read in his face had Bertram been cunning enough to read it. – The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope
  8. He would be gentle, he would be cunning. – At the Villa Rose by A. E. W. Mason
  9. But his eye was unusually bright and keen, and its cunning, suspicious expression did not escape the Doctor's notice. – The Story Of Kennett by Bayard Taylor
  10. That cunning of yours, Romescos, will just come into play in this case. – Our World, or, The Slaveholders Daughter by F. Colburn Adams
  11. He is taking them from me, and giving them over to that woman- that bad, low, cunning woman!" – Christian's Mistake by Dinah Maria Mulock Craik
  12. " That is Man's talk and Man's cunning," said Kaa. – The Second Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
  13. I am going to be very cunning. – By Wit of Woman by Arthur W. Marchmont
  14. Fido looked whence the voice seemed to come, and he saw a tiny figure on the other side of the fence,- a cunning baby- figure in the yard that belonged to the house where the new neighbors were moving in. – A Little Book of Profitable Tales by Eugene Field
  15. No; the King had played upon her fears, and she had fallen a victim to his cunning. – Princess Maritza by Percy Brebner
  16. One of the old men, a cunning fellow, who had served his time as a. – Monsieur Violet by Frederick Marryat
  17. We knew that, cunning as they were, they were just as likely to appear ahead or on one side of us as behind. – Twice Lost by W.H.G. Kingston