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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Colby has always been crafty and is able to hone her sewing skills with the Preppy Pony. Michael Walsh, Courant Community, "Farmington, Avon Businesses Partner For New Line Of Products," 19 June 2018 To continue reading this story, TRY IT NOW Orsborn: Dzanan Musa would continue the Spurs’ international presence while giving them a crafty player with a strong pull-up jumper and good leadership skills. Jim Lefko, San Antonio Express-News, "Writers’ roundtable: Express-News sportswriters weigh in on Spurs’ potential draft targets," 27 Apr. 2018 Next fight: Garcia is believed to be moving toward a summer homecoming bout at Staples Center against fellow lightweight champion Robert Easter, a crafty, lanky boxer with a significant reach advantage on Garcia. Lance Pugmire, latimes.com, "The Times' pound-for-pound top-10 boxing list," 10 May 2018 After coming up through the youth ranks at the club, Chiesa has become a key player for Stefano Pioli's side and has become a fan favourite due to his crafty wing play and threat going forward. SI.com, "Inter Set To Make Lucrative Offer To Serie A Rivals For Talented Young Winger Federico Chiesa," 11 June 2018 The book also comes with an original DIY building project for parents to do with their children — perfect for all you crafty families out there. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "The Property Brothers Are Coming Out With The Cutest Children's Book," 6 June 2018 Former Chelsea man Diego Costa got crafty with his Instagram story... SI.com, "Twitter's Best Reactions After Bayern Dominate and Messi's Masterclass Downs Chelsea," 15 Mar. 2018 Defensive coordinator Nate Woody, who took the same job at Georgia Tech during the offseason, was a crafty play-caller and won't be easy to replace. Iliana Limón Romero, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Potent Appalachian State is No. 54 in 2018 preseason college football rankings," 4 July 2018 Matthew Hammonds, a crafty lefty making his first start for the ‘Birds, tossed six shutout innings to earn the win. Randy Mcroberts, The Aegis, "Aberdeen rides solid pitching, big hitting to win over Vermont," 26 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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