- skillful in underhand or evil schemes; cunning; deceitful; sly.
- Obsolete. skillful; ingenious; dexterous.
Origin of crafty
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1. wily, tricky, designing, scheming.
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Examples from the Web for craftily
The revelation has been a massive (and craftily orchestrated) PR coup for the city of Leicester.We Told You So: Richard III Society Celebrates Their Hero’s Rediscovery
February 5, 2013
The story is craftily arranged, seducing viewers just as thoroughly as the central character himself.Goodfellas Turns 20
September 21, 2010
And on that she departed, craftily, leaving her suggestion to prey upon his mind.
But here Charles craftily paused and looked away, a man at fault.
Craftily, Luke bared his white, even teeth in a good-humored grin.Vulcan's Workshop
Jess has told me with a beaming face how craftily he behaved.A Window in Thrums
J. M. Barrie
"It will be rather awkward if I can't find my keys," said Graham craftily.The Young Adventurer
- skilled in deception; shrewd; cunning
- archaic skilful
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Word Origin and History for craftily
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