Cunning - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈkʌnɪŋ|  American pronunciation of the word cunning
Brit.  |ˈkʌnɪŋ|  British pronunciation of the word cunning


- shrewdness as demonstrated by being skilled in deception (syn: craft, craftiness, foxiness, guile, slyness, wiliness)
- crafty artfulness (especially in deception)


- attractive especially by means of smallness or prettiness or quaintness(syn: cute)
- marked by skill in deception(syn: crafty, dodgy, foxy, guileful, knavish, slick, sly, tricksy, tricky, wily)
- showing inventiveness and skill(syn: clever, ingenious)


She was cunning enough to fool me.

...a cunning, underhanded plan to win the election by preying on people's fears and prejudices...

He may be a fraud, but you have to admire his cunning.

...the cunning with which Tom Sawyer was able to get others to whitewash the fence for him...

a cunning little device for keeping out draughts

She would use low cunning (=unpleasant dishonest methods) to win people's sympathy.

the tiger's ferocity and cunning

cunning men often pass for wise

the cunning maneuvers leading to his success

A cunning and malicious crook who suckered him without half trying.

The fox uses stealth and cunning to hunt its prey.

She was cunning enough to beguile her classmates into doing the work for her.

It was a cunning trick of him to do it.

Craft and cunning were necessary for the scheme to work.

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