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 WebBears are incredibly crafty, and can open most coolers or boxes.
Hannah Singleton, SELF, 8 June 2022 Show producers were crafty enough to use these red state laws to their advantage, as Teehee’s and Lefty’s initiated full safety protocols: spaced out, wiped down, masked up, no messing around.
Lee Keeler, SPIN, 10 May 2022 But their resemblance is the only thing audience members will be able to see clearly in Rona Munro’s crafty puzzle box of a play, which opened Friday in the Moxie Theatre space.
San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 June 2022 Darting across the same court his father graces for Lakers home game, Bronny finished with an efficient 19 points on seven-of-11 shooting from the field, a variety of deep looks and crafty finishes in transition.
Luca Evans, Los Angeles Times, 4 Dec. 2021 Maurice never really gets there, but this modest film — as crafty as its subject — comes close.
Michael O'sullivan, Washington Post, 31 May 2022 On his first two solo LPs, Styles’ music — a crafty pastiche of crinkly dad-rock signifiers — also distinguished him from the likes of Shawn Mendes and Justin Bieber and Timberlake.
Los Angeles Times, 19 May 2022 Kuminga can be a bit foul-prone against crafty scorers.
Connor Letourneau, San Francisco Chronicle, 18 May 2022 Jalen Brunson adds another potent element to their drive-and-dish game and is a crafty finisher inside.
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