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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.
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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
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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.
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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.
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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"
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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]
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cunning

adjective
Deceitfully clever:
noun
2. The act or practice of deceiving:
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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
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cunning

[ˈkʌnɪŋ]
adj
[person] (= clever) → malin/igne (pejorative) (= crafty) → rusé(e)
(= clever) [device, idea] → astucieux/euse
n (= cleverness) → astuce f (pejorative) (= craftiness) → ruse f
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

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
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cunning

[ˈkʌnɪŋ]
1. adj (pej) (crafty) → furbo/a, astuto/a; (clever, device, idea) → ingegnoso/a
2. nfurbizia, astuzia
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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.
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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
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References in classic literature ?
The prophecy of Carlyle had come true, when he said that "men cannot now be bound to men by brass collars; you will have to bind them by other far nobler and cunninger methods."
Railways and steamships had begun this work of binding man to man by "nobler and cunninger methods." The telegraph and cable had gone still farther and put all civilized people within sight of each other, so that they could communicate by a sort of deaf and dumb alphabet.
Blindly, unwittingly, erringly as Dickens often urged them, these ideals mark the whole tendency of his fiction, and they are what endear him to the heart, and will keep him dear to it long after many a cunninger artificer in letters has passed into forgetfulness.