cunning

  • 1 Cunning — Cun ning (k[u^]n n[i^]ng), a. [AS. cunnan to know, to be able. See 1st {Con}, {Can}.] 1. Knowing; skillful; dexterous. A cunning workman. Ex. xxxviii. 23. [1913 Webster] Tis beauty truly blent, whose red and white Nature s own sweet and cunning… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 Cunning — Cun ning, n. [AS. cunnung trial, or Icel. kunnandi knowledge. See {Cunning}, a.] 1. Knowledge; art; skill; dexterity. [Archaic] [1913 Webster] Let my right hand forget her cunning. Ps. cxxxvii. 5. [1913 Webster] A carpenter s desert Stands more… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 Cunning — can also mean slip past or sneaky. Cunning can refer to the following: A Japanese comedy group known as Cunning (owarai) The Cunning folk, a type of folk magic user This disambiguation page lists articles associated with the same title. If an …

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  • 4 cunning — adj 1 ingenious, *clever, adroit Analogous words: skillful, skilled, adept, *proficient, expert, masterly 2 crafty, tricky, artful, *sly, foxy, insidious, wily, guileful Analogous words: devious, oblique, *crooked …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 5 cunning — [adj1] devious acute, artful, astute, cagey, canny, crafty, crazy like fox*, deep, fancy footwork*, foxy, guileful, insidious, keen, knowing, Machiavellian, sharp, shifty, shrewd, slick, slippery, sly, sly boots*, smart, smarts, smooth, street… …

    New thesaurus

  • 6 cunning — index artful, artifice, clandestine, collusive, color (deceptive appearance), deceit, deception, deceptive, deft …

    Law dictionary

  • 7 cunning — (adj.) early 14c., learned, skillful, prp. of cunnen to know (see CAN (Cf. can) (v.)). Sense of skillfully deceitful is probably late 14c. As a noun from c.1300. Related: Cunningly …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 8 cunning — ► ADJECTIVE 1) skilled in achieving one s ends by deceit or evasion. 2) ingenious. 3) N. Amer. attractive; charming. ► NOUN 1) craftiness. 2) ingenuity. DERIVATIVES …

    English terms dictionary

  • 9 cunning — [kun′iŋ] adj. [ME, having skill, knowing < prp. of cunnen, to know: see CAN1] 1. Now Rare skillful or clever 2. skillful in deception; sly; crafty 3. made or done with skill or ingenuity ☆ 4. attractive or pretty in a delicate way; cute n …

    English World dictionary

  • 10 Cunning — (Roget s Thesaurus) < N PARAG:Cunning >N GRP: N 1 Sgm: N 1 cunning cunning craft Sgm: N 1 cunningness cunningness craftiness &c. >Adj. Sgm: N 1 subtlety subtlety artificiality Sgm: N 1 maneuvering maneuvering …

    English dictionary for students

  • 11 cunning — cun|ning1 [ˈkʌnıŋ] adj [Date: 1200 1300; Origin: Present participle of cun to know , an early form of can; CAN1] 1.) someone who is cunning is clever and good at deceiving people in order to get what they want = ↑crafty ▪ a cunning opponent 2.)… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 12 cunning — 1 adjective 1 someone who is cunning is good at deceiving people in order to get what they want: She can be very cunning when she wants to be. 2 behaviour or actions that are cunning are dishonest and unfair, and are used to get what you want:… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 13 cunning — {{Roman}}I.{{/Roman}} noun ADJECTIVE ▪ great ▪ devious, low (esp. BrE) ▪ animal ▪ native ▪ She relied on her native cunni …

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  • 14 cunning — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) Craftiness Nouns 1. cunning, craft, craftiness, canniness, wit; gumption; slyness, artifice, art; subtlety, finesse, maneuvering; diplomacy, Machiavellianism, politics; resourcefulness; Jesuitry;… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 15 cunning — [[t]kʌ̱nɪŋ[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED Someone who is cunning has the ability to achieve things in a clever way, often by deceiving other people. These disturbed kids can be cunning. ...Mr Blair s cunning plan. Syn: crafty Derived words: cunningly ADV… …

    English dictionary

  • 16 cunning — I. adjective Etymology: Middle English, from present participle of can know Date: 14th century 1. dexterous or crafty in the use of special resources (as skill or knowledge) or in attaining an end < a cunning plotter > 2. displaying keen insight… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 17 cunning — cunningly, adv. cunningness, n. /kun ing/, n. 1. skill employed in a shrewd or sly manner, as in deceiving; craftiness; guile. 2. adeptness in performance; dexterity: The weaver s hand lost its cunning. adj. 3. showing or made with ingenuity. 4.… …

    Universalium

  • 18 cunning — cun|ning1 [ kʌnıŋ ] adjective 1. ) someone who is cunning uses their intelligence to get what they want, especially by tricking or cheating people: a cunning and resourceful criminal a ) used about people s behavior, actions, or ideas: a cunning… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 19 cunning — Synonyms and related words: Byzantine, Daedalian, Machiavellian, Machiavellianism, Machiavellic, ability, acute, address, adept, adeptness, adroit, adroitness, agility, airmanship, ambidexterity, ambidextrous, animal cunning, apt, arch, art,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 20 cunning — 1. adjective 1) a cunning scheme Syn: crafty, wily, artful, devious, sly, scheming, canny, dishonest, deceitful 2) a cunning plan Syn: clever, ingenious …

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