schem·​ing ˈskē-miŋ How to pronounce scheming (audio)
: given to forming schemes
especially : devious

Examples of scheming in a Sentence

the novel is about an elderly man and his scheming son who is impatient to inherit the family fortune
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Word History

First Known Use

1741, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of scheming was in 1741

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“Scheming.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition


: being in the habit of forming schemes
especially : sneaky, deceptive

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