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cun·ning

 (kŭn′ĭng)
adj.
1. Marked by or given to artful subtlety and deceptiveness.
2. Executed with or exhibiting ingenuity.
3. Delicately pleasing; pretty or cute: a cunning pet.
n.
1. Skill in deception; guile.
2. Skill or adeptness in execution or performance; dexterity.

[Middle English, present participle of connen, to know, from Old English cunnan; see gnō- in Indo-European roots.]

cun′ning·ly adv.
cun′ning·ness n.

cunning

(ˈkʌnɪŋ)
adj
1. crafty and shrewd, esp in deception; sly: cunning as a fox.
2. made with or showing skill or cleverness; ingenious
n
3. craftiness, esp in deceiving; slyness
4. cleverness, skill, or ingenuity
[Old English cunnende; related to cunnan to know (see can1), cunnian to test, experience, Old Norse kunna to know]
ˈcunningly adv
ˈcunningness n

cun•ning

(ˈkʌn ɪŋ)

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. artfully subtle or shrewd; crafty; sly.
5. charmingly cute or appealing: a cunning little baby.
6. Archaic. skillful; expert.
[1275–1325; (n.) Middle English; Old English cunnung=cunn(an) to know (see can1) + -ung -ing1; (adj.) Middle English, present participle of cunnan to know]
cun′ning•ly, adv.
cun′ning•ness, n.

Cunning


Rare. skill or craftiness. — callid, adj.
crafty or deceitful practice. — jesuitic, jesuitical, adj.
subterfuge or devious and underhanded behavior; low cunning.
the art or process of gaining the advantage in situations by means of crafty or ingenious ploys.
1. the act or process of subterfuge or evasion.
2. the abandoning of a cause or belief; apostasy. — tergiversator, n.
Rare. the state or quality of being foxlike, especially crafty or cunning. — vulpine, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cunning - shrewdness as demonstrated by being skilled in deceptioncunning - shrewdness as demonstrated by being skilled in deception
astuteness, perspicaciousness, perspicacity, shrewdness - intelligence manifested by being astute (as in business dealings)
2.cunning - crafty artfulness (especially in deception)
artfulness - the quality of being adroit in taking unfair advantage
Adj.1.cunning - attractive especially by means of smallness or prettiness or quaintness; "a cute kid with pigtails"; "a cute little apartment"; "cunning kittens"; "a cunning baby"
attractive - pleasing to the eye or mind especially through beauty or charm; "a remarkably attractive young man"; "an attractive personality"; "attractive clothes"; "a book with attractive illustrations"
2.cunning - 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"
artful - marked by skill in achieving a desired end especially with cunning or craft; "the artful dodger"; "an artful choice of metaphors"
3.cunning - showing inventiveness and skill; "a clever gadget"; "the cunning maneuvers leading to his success"; "an ingenious solution to the problem"
adroit - quick or skillful or adept in action or thought; "an exceptionally adroit pianist"; "an adroit technician"; "his adroit replies to hecklers won him many followers"; "an adroit negotiator"

cunning

adjective
1. crafty, sly, devious, artful, sharp, subtle, tricky, shrewd, astute, canny, wily, Machiavellian, shifty, foxy, guileful He's a cunning, devious, good-for-nothing so-and-so.
crafty frank, ethical, honest, artless, ingenuous
2. ingenious, subtle, imaginative, shrewd, sly, astute, devious, artful, Machiavellian I came up with a cunning plan.
3. skilful, clever, deft, adroit, dexterous The artist's cunning use of light and shadow creates perspective.
skilful clumsy, maladroit
noun
1. craftiness, guile, trickery, shrewdness, deviousness, artfulness, slyness, wiliness, foxiness an example of the cunning of modern art thieves
craftiness sincerity, candour, ingenuousness
2. skill, art, ability, craft, subtlety, ingenuity, finesse, artifice, dexterity, cleverness, deftness, astuteness, adroitness He tackled the problem with skill and cunning.
skill clumsiness
Quotations
"Cunning is the dark sanctuary of incapacity" [Lord Chesterfield Letters...to his Godson and Successor]

cunning

adjective
Deceitfully clever:
noun
2. The act or practice of deceiving:
Translations
ماكِرمُحْتال، ماكِرمَكْر، دهاء، بَراعه، احتيالمُنَفَّذ بِبَراعه، ذكي، بارِع
chytrýmazanostmazanýprohnanostrafinovaný
snusnuhedudspekuleretkloglist
ovelataitavataitavuuskiero
lukav
alattomoscsalafintacselesdörzsöltravasz
kænskakunnáttusamlegur; kænnlúmskur
狡猾な
교활한
callidus
apgaulingasišradingas
apķērīgsgudrsviltībaviltīgs
priceputvicleanviclenie
premetenzvit
listigslug
เจ้าเล่ห์
kurnazkurnazlıkmarifetlihilekârhilekârlık
xảo quyệt

cunning

[ˈkʌnɪŋ]
A. ADJ
1. (pej) (= sly) → taimado, vivo (LAm)
2. (= clever) [person] → astuto, ingenioso; [plan, scheme, device] → ingenioso
3. (US) (= cute) → mono, precioso
B. N (= slyness) → astucia f; (= cleverness) → ingenio m

cunning

[ˈkʌnɪŋ]
adj
[person] (= clever) → malin/igne (pejorative) (= crafty) → rusé(e)
(= clever) [device, idea] → astucieux/euse
n (= cleverness) → astuce f (pejorative) (= craftiness) → ruse f

cunning

n (= cleverness)Schlauheit f, → Listigkeit f, → Gerissenheit f; (liter: = skill) → (Kunst)fertigkeit f, → Geschick nt
adj
planschlau; personschlau, gerissen; smile, expressionverschmitzt, verschlagen (pej); (= ingenious) gadgetschlau or clever (inf)ausgedacht
(US inf) → drollig

cunning

[ˈkʌnɪŋ]
1. adj (pej) (crafty) → furbo/a, astuto/a; (clever, device, idea) → ingegnoso/a
2. nfurbizia, astuzia

cunning

(ˈkaniŋ) adjective
1. sly; clever in a deceitful way. cunning tricks.
2. clever. a cunning device.
noun
slyness or deceitful cleverness. full of cunning.
ˈcunningly adverb
cunningly disguised.

cunning

ماكِر rafinovaný snu schlau πανούργος astuto ovela rusé lukav furbo 狡猾な 교활한 listig listig przebiegły astuto хитрый listig เจ้าเล่ห์ kurnaz xảo quyệt 狡猾的
References in classic literature ?
Then,' said the man, 'go with me, and I will teach you to become the cunningest thief that ever was.
I am far from believing the timid maxim of Lord Falkland ("that for ceremony there must go two to it; since a bold fellow will go through the cunningest forms"), and am of opinion that the gentleman is the bold fellow whose forms are not to be broken through; and only that plenteous nature is rightful master which is the complement of whatever person it converses with.
Sir Richard gave to each yeoman a bow and a quiver of arrows, but to Robin he gave a stout bow inlaid with the cunningest workmanship in gold, while each arrow in his quiver was innocked with gold.