crafty

adjective
\ ˈkraf-tē How to pronounce crafty (audio) \
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 How to pronounce craftily (audio) \ adverb
craftiness \ ˈkraf-​tē-​nəs How to pronounce craftiness (audio) \ 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
Recent Examples on the Web The slapstick generally works and the movie milks Bautista’s sheer size and roughness, compared with tiny Coleman’s crafty fearlessness. cleveland, "‘My Spy’ accomplishes its mission (review)," 26 June 2020 Hayes is a dynamic and crafty playmaker from France who greatly evolved during his pro season in the top league in Germany in 2019-20. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, "NBA mock draft: Assessing the stocks of Anthony Edwards, LaMelo Ball, Obi Toppin in first-round outlook," 25 June 2020 The slapstick generally works and the movie milks Bautista’s sheer size and roughness, compared with tiny Coleman’s crafty fearlessness. Michael Ordoña, Los Angeles Times, "Review: ‘My Spy’ accomplishes its mission," 24 June 2020 Astronomers are no longer only looking for interstellar radio stations, but for optical pulses, waste heat generated by powerful civilizations, and any other signs of crafty extraterrestrials. Nadia Drake, National Geographic, "My dad launched the quest to find alien intelligence. It changed astronomy.," 19 June 2020 The seven-speed stick is a transaxle that Porsche, with the help of trans-supplier ZF, converted from dual-clutch auto to manual in part with a crafty mechanism called MECOSA. K.c. Colwell, Car and Driver, "Tested: 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S Reminds Us of the Importance of a Clutch Pedal and Shifter," 18 June 2020 As part of our Designer D.I.Y. series, Ms. Rocha shows how to make an old pair of socks pop in a crafty, colorful way. Elizabeth Paton, New York Times, "Simone Rocha on How to Tie-Dye a Pair of Socks," 12 May 2020 Others are getting their designs using more crafty methods. Brendan Nystedt, Wired, "Retro Hackers Are Building a Better Nintendo Game Boy," 10 June 2020 The truth is this: Viruses are exquisite and crafty hijackers. Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN, "Dr. Sanjay Gupta: If the United States were my patient," 17 May 2020

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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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30 Jun 2020

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“Crafty.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/crafty. Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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More Definitions for crafty

crafty

adjective
How to pronounce crafty (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of crafty

: clever in usually a deceptive or dishonest way

crafty

adjective
\ ˈkraf-tē How to pronounce crafty (audio) \
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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