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Meaning of CUNNING

Pronunciation:  'kuning

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  drafty artfulness (especially in deception)
  2. [n]  shrewdness as demonstrated by being skilled in deception
  3. [n]  shrewdness in deception; "as cunning as a fox"
  4. [adj]  showing inventiveness and skill; "a clever gadget"; "the cunning maneuvers leading to his success"; "an ingenious solution to the problem"
  5. [adj]  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"
  6. [adj]  attractive especially by means of smallness or prettiness or quaintness; "a cute kid with pigtails"; "a cute little apartment"; "cunning kittens"; "a cunning baby"
 

CUNNING is a 7 letter word that starts with C.

 

 Synonyms: adroit, artful, attractive, clever, craft, craftiness, crafty, cute, dodgy, foxiness, foxy, guile, guileful, ingenious, knavish, slick, sly, slyness, tricksy, tricky, wiliness, wily
 
 See Also: artfulness, astuteness, perspicaciousness, perspicacity, shrewdness

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \Cun"ning\ (k[u^]n"n[i^]ng), a. [AS. cunnan to know, to
    be able. See 1st {Con}, {Can}.]
    1. Knowing; skillful; dexterous. ``A cunning workman.'' --
       Ex. xxxviii. 23.
    
             ``Tis beauty truly blent, whose red and white
             Nature's own sweet and cunning hand laid on. --Shak.
    
             Esau was a cunning hunter.            --Gen xxv. 27.
    
    2. Wrought with, or exhibiting, skill or ingenuity;
       ingenious; curious; as, cunning work.
    
             Over them Arachne high did lift
    
             Her cunning web.                      --Spenser.
    
    3. Crafty; sly; artful; designing; deceitful.
    
             They are resolved to be cunning; let others run the
             hazard of being sincere.              --South.
    
    4. Pretty or pleasing; as, a cunning little boy. [Colloq.
       U.S.] --Barlett.
    
    Syn: {Cunning}, {Artful}, {Sly}, {Wily}, {Crafty}.
    
    Usage: These epithets agree in expressing an aptitude for
           attaining some end by peculiar and secret means.
           Cunning is usually low; as, a cunning trick. Artful is
           more ingenious and inventive; as, an artful device.
           Sly implies a turn for what is double or concealed;
           as, sly humor; a sly evasion. Crafty denotes a talent
           for dexterously deceiving; as, a crafty manager. Wily
           describes a talent for the use of stratagems; as, a
           wily politician. ``Acunning man often shows his
           dexterity in simply concealing. An artful man goes
           further, and exerts his ingenuity in misleading. A
           crafty man mingles cunning with art, and so shapes his
           actions as to lull suspicions. The young may be
           cunning, but the experienced only can be crafty.
           Slyness is a vulgar kind of cunning; the sly man goes
           cautiously and silently to work. Wiliness is a species
           of cunning or craft applicable only to cases of attack
           and defense.'' --Crabb.
    
    
  2. \Cun"ning\, n. [AS. cunnung trial, or Icel. kunnandi
    knowledge. See {Cunning}, a.]
    1. Knowledge; art; skill; dexterity. [Archaic]
    
             Let my right hand forget her cunning. --Ps. cxxxvii.
                                                   5.
    
             A carpenter's desert Stands more in cunning than in
             power.                                --Chapman.
    
    2. The faculty or act of using stratagem to accomplish a
       purpose; fraudulent skill or dexterity; deceit; craft.
    
             Discourage cunning in a child; cunning is the ape of
             wisdom.                               --Locke.
    
             We take cunning for a sinister or crooked wisdom.
                                                   --Bacon.
    
    
 
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