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Adjective: cunning (cunninger,cunningest)  kú-ning
  1. Attractive especially by means of smallness, prettiness or quaintness
    "cunning kittens"; "a cunning baby";
    - cute
     
  2. Marked by skill in deception
    "cunning men often pass for wise";
    - crafty, dodgy [Brit], foxy, guileful, knavish, slick, sly, tricksy, tricky, wily
     
  3. Showing inventiveness and skill
    "the cunning manoeuvres leading to his success";
    - clever, ingenious
Noun: cunning  kú-ning
  1. Shrewdness as demonstrated by being skilled in deception
    - craft, craftiness, foxiness, guile, slyness, wiliness
     
  2. Crafty artfulness (especially in deception)

Derived forms: cunninger, cunningest, cunnings

See also: adroit, artful, attractive

Type of: artfulness, astuteness, perspicaciousness, perspicacity, shrewdness

Encyclopedia: Cunning