crafty

[kraf-tee, krahf-]
adjective, craftier, craftiest.
1.
skillful in underhand or evil schemes; cunning; deceitful; sly.
2.
Obsolete. skillful; ingenious; dexterous.

Origin:
before 900; Middle English; Old English cræftig skilled. See craft, -y1

craftily, adverb
craftiness, noun
quasi-craftily, adverb
quasi-crafty, adjective
uncraftily, adverb
uncraftiness, noun
uncrafty, adjective


1. wily, tricky, designing, scheming.
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crafty (ˈkrɑːftɪ)
 
adj , craftier, craftiest
1.  skilled in deception; shrewd; cunning
2.  archaic skilful
 
'craftily
 
adv
 
'craftiness
 
n

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crafty
O.E. cræftig "strong, powerful," later "skillful," degenerating by c.1200 to "cunning, sly."
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Example sentences
The writer craftily weaves a web of suspicion around reader's ignorant brains.
Musical theater, no matter how craftily crafted, sinks or swims on the strength of its music.
Where divers and sundry persons craftily obtained into their hands great substance of other mens goods, do suddenly flee.
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