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Definition of 'cunning'


  1. shrewdness as demonstrated by being skilled in deception
       Synonyms: craft craftiness foxiness guile slyness wiliness
  2. crafty artfulness (especially in deception)


  1. attractive especially by means of smallness or prettiness or quaintness; "a cute kid with pigtails"; "a cute little apartment"; "cunning kittens"; "a cunning baby"
       Synonyms: cute
  2. marked by skill in deception; "cunning men often pass for wise"; "deep political machinations"; "a foxy scheme"; "a slick evasive answer"; "sly as a fox"; "tricky Dick"; "a wily old attorney"
       Synonyms: crafty dodgy foxy guileful knavish slick sly tricksy tricky wily
  3. showing inventiveness and skill; "a clever gadget"; "the cunning maneuvers leading to his success"; "an ingenious solution to the problem"
       Synonyms: clever ingenious

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