crafty

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adjective \ˈkraf-tē\

Definition of crafty

craftier

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craftiest

  1. 1 :  skillful, clever

  2. 2a :  adept in the use of subtlety and cunning a crafty swindler The crafty detective got the suspect to confess to the crime.b :  marked by subtlety and guile a crafty scheme

craftily

play \ˈkraf-tə-lē\ adverb

craftiness

play \ˈkraf-tē-nəs\ noun

Examples of crafty in a Sentence

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

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Origin and Etymology of crafty

see 1craft

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

CRAFTY Defined for English Language Learners

crafty

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adjective

Definition of crafty for English Language Learners

  • : clever in usually a deceptive or dishonest way


CRAFTY Defined for Kids

crafty

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adjective \ˈkraf-tē\

Definition of crafty for Students

craftier

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craftiest

  1. :  skillful at tricking others :  cunning

craftily

\ˈkraf-tə-lē\ adverb

craftiness

\-tē-nəs\ noun


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