[ 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.

Origin of crafty

before 900; Middle English; Old English cræftig skilled. See craft, -y1

Other words for crafty

Other words from crafty

  • craft·i·ly, adverb
  • craft·i·ness, noun
  • qua·si-craft·i·ly, adverb
  • quasi-crafty, adjective
  • un·craft·i·ly, adverb
  • un·craft·i·ness, noun
  • un·craft·y, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use crafty in a sentence

  • "All right," he sighed, and went out obediently, but paused to stare at her with a curious craftiness.

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  • All that you invest wisely in men is stored up against any violence or craftiness of thieves and any corroding of rust.

British Dictionary definitions for crafty


/ (ˈkrɑːftɪ) /

adjectivecraftier or craftiest
  1. skilled in deception; shrewd; cunning

  2. archaic skilful

Derived forms of crafty

  • craftily, adverb
  • craftiness, noun

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