- 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 craftiness
Save for a certain air of craftiness, he was representative and intelligent.The Plunderer
"Oh, I understand," she replied, a hint of craftiness creeping into her voice.The Winning Clue
James Hay, Jr.
Her look of craftiness had changed at once to one of startled distress.
These are they who are honorable men of the earth, who were blinded by the craftiness of men.The Articles of Faith
James E. Talmage
For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.
- skilled in deception; shrewd; cunning
- archaic skilful
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Word Origin and History for craftiness
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