(noun) Middle English; Old English cunnung,
equivalent to cunn
) to know (see can1
) + -ung -ing1
; (adj., v.) Middle English,
present participle of cunnan
to know (see can1
cunningly, adverbcunningness, nounovercunning, adjectiveovercunningly, adverbovercunningness, nounquasi-cunning, adjectivequasi-cunningly, adverb
shrewdness, artfulness, wiliness, trickery, finesse, intrigue, slyness, deception. Cunning, artifice, craft
imply an inclination toward deceit, slyness, and trickery. Cunning
implies a shrewd, often instinctive skill in concealing or disguising the real purposes of one's actions: not intelligence but a low kind of cunning.
is a clever, unscrupulous ruse, used to mislead others: a successful artifice to conceal one's motives. Craft
suggests underhand methods and the use of deceptive devices and tricks to attain one's ends: craft and deceitfulness in every act. 2.
ingenious, skillful. 4.
artful, wily, tricky, foxy.