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

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The Phillies lost outfielder Andrew McCutchen for the season on Monday evening in San Diego on a first-inning play that was one part crafty baseball, one part frustration, and several large parts of extremely bad luck. Bob Ford, https://www.inquirer.com, "The tragic, but correct, application for the Phillies of the infield fly rule | Bob Ford," 6 June 2019 Greece has gone from its traditionally defiant (if not insecure) role as an outlier to that of a crafty insider. Victor Davis Hanson, The Mercury News, "Hanson: Greece finds new footing as a player on the world stage," 6 June 2019 Instead, spend time with them at historical landmarks, practice a sport together, or get crafty with a DIY activity. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, "40 Creative Things to Do When You're Bored to Pass the Time," 23 May 2019 The blank card stock looks attractively minimalist all on its own, in my opinion, but it can be drawn on, painted, glitter-coated, or otherwise decorated to your crafty little heart’s content. Michele Petry, House Beautiful, "It's So Easy to Build These Solar-Powered Nightlights," 13 Mar. 2019 No intelligence agency in the world has quite the crafty mystique of Mossad, Israel’s spy service. Edward Kosner, WSJ, "‘Spies of No Country’ Review: The Dawn of Mossad," 4 Mar. 2019 Some people just really love Halloween and are crafty, and creative Pinterest goddesses with mellow, smushy children who don’t mind being nestled into dinosaur or giraffe costumes. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "Are You Dressing Your Kids for Halloween—or for Instagram?," 30 Oct. 2018 But those take the form of long, difficult-to-parse tax documents, and crafty philanthropists can get around these requirements by starting up offshore foundations. Dylan Matthews, Vox, "The Trump Foundation shows just how preposterously light our oversight of charity is," 20 Dec. 2018 In addition to loving dance, Princess Charlotte also appears to have a crafty side. Isabel Greenberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Princess Charlotte Is Reportedly Taking Weekly Ballet Lessons," 19 Dec. 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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More Definitions for crafty

crafty

adjective

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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