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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Word Origin & History

crafty
O.E. cræftig "strong, powerful," later "skillful," degenerating by c.1200 to "cunning, sly."
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Example sentences
Clever ideas and crafty tinkering may make that goal possible to attain.
Mantids and katydids have some crafty ways of staying alive.
New findings provide more evidence that the animals are, in fact, quite crafty.
Or join up with a crafty friend and host it together.
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