adjective \ˈkraf-tē\

: clever in usually a deceptive or dishonest way


Full Definition of CRAFTY

a :  adept in the use of subtlety and cunning
b :  marked by subtlety and guile <a crafty scheme>
craft·i·ly \ˈkraf-tə-lē\ adverb
craft·i·ness \-tē-nəs\ noun

Examples of CRAFTY

  1. <a crafty real estate broker who got people to sell their property at bargain prices>

First Known Use of CRAFTY

before 12th century

Synonym Discussion of CRAFTY

sly, cunning, crafty, wily, tricky, foxy, artful, slick mean attaining or seeking to attain one's ends by guileful or devious means. sly implies furtiveness, lack of candor, and skill in concealing one's aims and methods <a sly corporate raider>. cunning suggests the inventive use of sometimes limited intelligence in overreaching or circumventing <the cunning fox avoided the trap>. crafty implies cleverness and subtlety of method <a crafty lefthander>. wily implies skill and deception in maneuvering <the wily fugitive escaped the posse>. tricky is more likely to suggest shiftiness and unreliability than skill in deception and maneuvering <a tricky political operative>. foxy implies a shrewd and wary craftiness usually involving devious dealing <a foxy publicity man planting stories>. artful implies indirectness in dealing and often connotes sophistication or cleverness <elicited the information by artful questioning>. slick emphasizes smoothness and guile <slick operators selling time-sharing>.

Rhymes with CRAFTY

CRAFTILY Defined for Kids


adjective \ˈkraf-tē\

Definition of CRAFTY for Kids

:  skillful at tricking others :  cunning
craft·i·ly \ˈkraf-tə-lē\ adverb
craft·i·ness \-tē-nəs\ noun


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