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[kraf-tee, krahf-]
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adjective, craft·i·er, craft·i·est.
  1. skillful in underhand or evil schemes; cunning; deceitful; sly.
  2. Obsolete. skillful; ingenious; dexterous.
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Origin of crafty

before 900; Middle English; Old English cræftig skilled. See craft, -y1
Related formscraft·i·ly, adverbcraft·i·ness, nounqua·si-craft·i·ly, adverbqua·si-craft·y, adjectiveun·craft·i·ly, adverbun·craft·i·ness, nounun·craft·y, adjective


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adjective craftier or craftiest
  1. skilled in deception; shrewd; cunning
  2. archaic skilful
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Derived Formscraftily, adverbcraftiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for craftily



c.1200, crafti, from Old English cræftig "strong, powerful," later "skillful, ingenious," degenerating by c.1200 to "cunning, sly" (but through 15c. also "skillfully done or made; intelligent, learned; artful, scientific") from craft (n.) + -y (2). Related: Craftily; craftiness.

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