Definitions for Cunningˈkʌn ɪŋ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

cun•ningˈkʌn ɪŋ(n.)

  1. skill employed in a shrewd or sly manner, as in deceiving; craftiness; guile.

  2. adeptness in performance; dexterity:

    The weaver's hand lost its cunning.

  3. (adj.)showing or made with ingenuity.

  4. artfully subtle or shrewd; crafty; sly.

  5. charmingly cute or appealing:

    a cunning little baby.

    Category: Informal

  6. Archaic. skillful; expert.

Origin of cunning:

1275–1325; (n.) ME; OE cunnung=cunn(an) to know (see can1) +-ung -ing1; (adj.) ME, prp. of cunnan to know


Princeton's WordNet

  1. craft, craftiness, cunning, foxiness, guile, slyness, wiliness(noun)

    shrewdness as demonstrated by being skilled in deception

  2. cunning(adj)

    crafty artfulness (especially in deception)

  3. cunning, cute(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"

  4. crafty, cunning, dodgy, foxy, guileful, knavish, slick, sly, tricksy, tricky, wily(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"

  5. clever, cunning, ingenious(adj)

    showing inventiveness and skill

    "a clever gadget"; "the cunning maneuvers leading to his success"; "an ingenious solution to the problem"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cunning(adj)

    knowing; skillful; dexterous

  2. Cunning(adj)

    wrought with, or exhibiting, skill or ingenuity; ingenious; curious; as, cunning work

  3. Cunning(adj)

    crafty; sly; artful; designing; deceitful

  4. Cunning(adj)

    pretty or pleasing; as, a cunning little boy

  5. Cunning(adj)

    knowledge; art; skill; dexterity

  6. Cunning(adj)

    the faculty or act of using stratagem to accomplish a purpose; fraudulent skill or dexterity; deceit; craft


  1. Cunning

    Cunning was a Japanese comedy duo from Fukuoka Prefecture. Cunning consisted of the pudgy, short-tempered Takanori Takeyama, and the rail-thin Tadayuki Nakashima. Known for his bursts of extreme anger, though said to be much more sedated off-camera, Takeyama is the boke of the unit. The tsukkomi, Nakashima, fell ill with leukemia in 2005 and took indefinite leave from work until his death from pneumonia on December 20, 2006, aged 35. The name of the duo, cunning, while meaning "sly" or "clever" in English, refers to the act of cheating on a test in Japanese.

Translations for Cunning

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sly; clever in a deceitful way

cunning tricks.

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