cunning cunning  /ˈkə nɪŋ/


  1. (n) shrewdness as demonstrated by being skilled in deception
  2. (n) crafty artfulness (especially in deception)
  3. (adj) attractive especially by means of smallness or prettiness or quaintness
  4. (adj) marked by skill in deception
  5. (adj) showing inventiveness and skill


  1. The other progeny is a bit more cunning, inheriting from its parent the gift of never-ending life.
  2. He is variously described as charming and cunning, ambitious and lazy.


  1. Mojito King Rising: Get Ready for Washington Art Association's Summer Solstice Party June 22

    A man doesn’t just get the illustrious title of Mojito King for nothing. It takes a proven sense of cunning, tenacity and all around ingenuity when faced with what others would call the most insurmountable of obstacles.
    on June 12, 2013     Source: Litchfield County Times

  2. Morgan conjures the past with a poet skill

    Robert Morgan has a rare and cunning gift: he can sift through the detritus of the past, pluck objects and images from his memory (especially his childhood) and elevate them to the point where they become — in the sense that Joseph Campbell uses the word — “numinous.”
    on June 12, 2013     Source: Smoky Mountain News

  3. Big personalities come into play as trial commences

    Today’s opening of the blockbuster trial of Southie gangster James “Whitey” Bulger pits tireless prosecutors against a steadfast defense team that is sure to produce fireworks all summer long. Legal experts predict jurors will be sent on a wild ride through the 83-year-old mobster’s brutal past packed with cunning and courtroom one-upmanship.
    on June 12, 2013     Source: Boston Herald


  1. "Paul Gascoigne to me was the best player of his era in English football," Ferguson said. "He was a breath of fresh air because he played with a smile, and he played with a cunning and an aggression - apart from all the great abilities he...
    on Jun 3, 2008 By: Sir Alex Ferguson Source: International Herald Tribune

  2. "He'll just play it with a lot of wisdom and cunning, and also past knowledge," Miller said. "Forget the age. You think, 'Well, he's not a favorite.' But he could contend. I don't know if he can do it for four rounds, but he's a great part of...
    on Jun 17, 2010 By: Johnny Miller Source: New York Times

  3. Judd said in a statement that she anticipated criticism from "cunning and greedy" coal companies when speaking out against mountaintop mining.
    on Jul 8, 2010 By: Ashley Judd Source: ABC News

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