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. shrewdness as demonstrated by being skilled in deception
  3. 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"
  4. attractive especially by means of smallness or prettiness or quaintness; " a cute kid with pigtails"; " a cute little apartment"; " cunning kittens"; " a cunning baby"
  5. drafty artfulness ( especially in deception)
  6. shrewdness in deception; " as cunning as a fox"
  7. 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"
  8. Knowing; skillful; dexterous.
  9. Wrought with, or exhibiting, skill or ingenuity; ingenious; curious; as, cunning work.
  10. Crafty; sly; artful; designing; deceitful.
  11. Pretty or pleasing; as, a cunning little boy.
  12. Knowledge; art; skill; dexterity.
  13. The faculty or act of using stratagem to accomplish a purpose; fraudulent skill or dexterity; deceit; craft.
  14. Craftiness.
  15. Skilful; crafty; sly; designing; subtle; colloquially, pretty.
  16. Cunningly.
  17. Knowing: skillful: artful: crafty.
  18. Knowledge: skill: faculty of using stratagem to accomplish a purpose.
  19. Art; skill; craft.
  20. Skilful; artful; crafty.
  21. Crafty or shrewd; artful; guileful.
  22. A crafty disposition; craft; guile; artifice.
  23. Knowing; skilful; artful; crafty; wrought with skill.
  24. 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. " 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
  3. Something might have been read in his face had Bertram been cunning enough to read it. – The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. One of the old men, a cunning fellow, who had served his time as a. – Monsieur Violet by Frederick Marryat
  8. If in former years you had as little courage as now, why at all events could you not have been as cunning – The Dead Lake and Other Tales by Paul Heyse
  9. No; the King had played upon her fears, and she had fallen a victim to his cunning – Princess Maritza by Percy Brebner
  10. " That is Man's talk and Man's cunning said Kaa. – The Second Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
  11. At first Una felt rather constrained by his constant attendance; she had been so used to have Jack at her side that she felt embarrassed with Stephen; but Stephen, whose tact was second only to his cunning soon put her at her ease. – Only One Love, or Who Was the Heir by Charles Garvice
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. This he inserted in the cunning lock which the picture served to conceal. – The Sins of Séverac Bablon by Sax Rohmer
  15. A plow ox is cunning and in thick timber moves much faster than a man. – Northwest! by Harold Bindloss
  16. He would be gentle, he would be cunning – At the Villa Rose by A. E. W. Mason
  17. That cunning of yours, Romescos, will just come into play in this case. – Our World, or, The Slaveholders Daughter by F. Colburn Adams
  18. I am going to be very cunning – By Wit of Woman by Arthur W. Marchmont
  19. 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
  20. He's too cunning for that. – Grace Harlowe's Golden Summer by Jessie Graham Flower