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Definition of "cunning" []

  • Marked by or given to artful subtlety and deceptiveness. (adjective)
  • Executed with or exhibiting ingenuity. (adjective)
  • Delicately pleasing; pretty or cute: a cunning pet. (adjective)
  • Skill in deception; guile. (noun)
  • Skill or adeptness in execution or performance; dexterity. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "cunning" in a sentence
  • "The heartless villain replied, with a wink: "My friends, _There is cunning in cunning_.""
  • ""Oh, the cunning, _cunning_ thing!" cried Gladys, her eyes flashing radiantly."
  • ""Well, then, I will be as plain as ever I can be, only premising that what you call the cunning of the serpent --""