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crafty

[kraf-tee, krahf-] /ˈkræf ti, ˈkrɑf-/
adjective, craftier, craftiest.
1.
skillful in underhand or evil schemes; cunning; deceitful; sly.
2.
Obsolete. skillful; ingenious; dexterous.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English; Old English cræftig skilled. See craft, -y1
Related forms
craftily, adverb
craftiness, noun
quasi-craftily, adverb
quasi-crafty, adjective
uncraftily, adverb
uncraftiness, noun
uncrafty, adjective
Synonyms
1. wily, tricky, designing, scheming.
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  • 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.
British Dictionary definitions for craftily

crafty

/ˈkrɑːftɪ/
adjective craftier, craftiest
1.
skilled in deception; shrewd; cunning
2.
(archaic) skilful
Derived Forms
craftily, adverb
craftiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for craftily

crafty

adj.

c.1200, crafti, from Old English cræftig "strong, powerful," later "skillful, ingenious," degenerating by c.1200 to "cunning, sly" (but through 15c. also "skillfully done or made; intelligent, learned; artful, scientific") from craft (n.) + -y (2). Related: Craftily; craftiness.

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