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Meaning & Definition of Cunning in English

English

Cunning

/kənɪŋ/

noun

1. Shrewdness as demonstrated by being skilled in deception

    synonym:
  • craft
  • ,
  • craftiness
  • ,
  • cunning
  • ,
  • foxiness
  • ,
  • guile
  • ,
  • slyness
  • ,
  • wiliness

2. Crafty artfulness (especially in deception)

    synonym:
  • cunning

adjective

1. Attractive especially by means of smallness or prettiness or quaintness

  • "A cute kid with pigtails"
  • "A cute little apartment"
  • "Cunning kittens"
  • "A cunning baby"
    synonym:
  • cunning
  • ,
  • cute

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"
    synonym:
  • crafty
  • ,
  • cunning
  • ,
  • dodgy
  • ,
  • foxy
  • ,
  • guileful
  • ,
  • knavish
  • ,
  • slick
  • ,
  • sly
  • ,
  • tricksy
  • ,
  • tricky
  • ,
  • wily

3. Showing inventiveness and skill

  • "A clever gadget"
  • "The cunning maneuvers leading to his success"
  • "An ingenious solution to the problem"
    synonym:
  • clever
  • ,
  • cunning
  • ,
  • ingenious

Examples of using

He's cunning and manipulative.