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CUNNING

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does cunning mean? 

CUNNING (noun)
  The noun CUNNING has 2 senses:

1. shrewdness as demonstrated by being skilled in deception
2. crafty artfulness (especially in deception)

  Familiarity information: CUNNING used as a noun is rare.


CUNNING (adjective)
  The adjective CUNNING has 3 senses:

1. attractive especially by means of smallness or prettiness or quaintness
2. marked by skill in deception
3. showing inventiveness and skill

  Familiarity information: CUNNING used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


CUNNING (noun)


Sense 1cunning [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Shrewdness as demonstrated by being skilled in deception

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

craftiness; cunning; foxiness; guile; slyness; wiliness; craft

Hypernyms ("cunning" is a kind of...):

astuteness; perspicaciousness; perspicacity; shrewdness (intelligence manifested by being astute (as in business dealings))


Sense 2cunning [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Crafty artfulness (especially in deception)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Hypernyms ("cunning" is a kind of...):

artfulness (the quality of being adroit in taking unfair advantage)


CUNNING (adjective)


Sense 1cunning [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Attractive especially by means of smallness or prettiness or quaintness

Synonyms:

cunning; cute

Context examples:

a cute kid with pigtails / a cute little apartment / cunning kittens / a cunning baby

Similar:

attractive (pleasing to the eye or mind especially through beauty or charm)


Sense 2cunning [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Marked by skill in deception

Synonyms:

crafty; wily; tricksy; foxy; guileful; knavish; sly; dodgy; cunning; tricky; slick

Context examples:

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

Similar:

artful (marked by skill in achieving a desired end especially with cunning or craft)


Sense 3cunning [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Showing inventiveness and skill

Synonyms:

ingenious; cunning; clever

Context examples:

a clever gadget / the cunning maneuvers leading to his success / an ingenious solution to the problem

Similar:

adroit (quick or skillful or adept in action or thought)


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