crafty

adjective
\ˈkraf-tē \
craftier; craftiest

Definition of crafty 

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

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Other Words from crafty

craftily \ˈkraf-​tə-​lē \ adverb
craftiness \ˈkraf-​tē-​nəs \ noun

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

Examples of crafty in a Sentence

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

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But anything digital is ultimately hackable and online criminals have already found crafty ways to intercept texts. Matthew Kitchen, WSJ, "Passwords Aren’t Enough. The Key to Online Security Is a Key.," 21 Nov. 2018 Show off your crafty side by covering a pumpkin with a luxe piece of fabric and embellishments for a sophisticated look. Elle Decor Editors, ELLE Decor, "20 Halloween Party Ideas So Sophisticated They’ll Scare You," 18 Oct. 2018 The Duchess joined children from St. Stephen’s School in picking up leaves from the forest floor and using them to create crafty headgear. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kids Couldn't Stop Hugging Kate Middleton at Her First Working Event After Maternity Leave," 2 Oct. 2018 Downingtown East will likely counter with crafty southpaw and Penn State recruit Hutch Gagnon. Rick O'brien, Philly.com, "Council Rock North has flourished on the road in PIAA District 1 baseball playoffs," 26 May 2018 Like other crafty tiny homes, the Devasa makes tiny living feel a little less tiny thanks to a mechanical system that expands its usable space. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Clever two-story tiny house has an extendable roof," 6 Nov. 2018 But thanks to one very crafty grandpa, his bus-riding dreams came true earlier than expected. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "Best Grandpa Ever Makes the Cutest Halloween Costume for His Grandson With Spina Bifida," 24 Oct. 2018 Its tight play—the entire course covers only about one-third the acreage of Augusta—and treacherous bunkers set up perfectly for his brand of consistent play and crafty shot shaping. Harry Hurt, Town & Country, "T&C Profile: Luke Donald," 8 Apr. 2014 The attack was crafty and fast, in some instances infecting 1,000 computers in under two minutes, said Jason Escaravage, senior vice president of commercial services at Booz Allen Hamilton. Adam Janofsky, WSJ, "One Year After NotPetya Cyberattack, Firms Wrestle With Recovery Costs," 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of crafty

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for crafty

see craft entry 1

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The first known use of crafty was before the 12th century

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crafty

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of crafty

: clever in usually a deceptive or dishonest way

crafty

adjective
\ˈkraf-tē \
craftier; craftiest

Kids Definition of crafty

: skillful at tricking others : cunning

Other Words from crafty

craftily \ˈkraf-​tə-​lē \ adverb
craftiness \-​tē-​nəs \ noun

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