SYNONYMS | EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN adjective, craft·i·er, craft·i·est. skillful in underhand or evil schemes; cunning; deceitful; sly. . Obsolete skillful; ingenious; dexterous. Origin of crafty before 900; Middle English; Old English cræftig
-y 1 Related forms craft·i·ly, adverb craft·i·ness, noun qua·si-craft·i·ly, adverb qua·si-craft·y, adjective un·craft·i·ly, adverb un·craft·i·ness, noun un·craft·y, adjective
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Related Words for craftiness chicanery
canniness Examples from the Web for craftiness Historical Examples of craftiness
Save for a certain air of
craftiness, he was representative and intelligent.
"Oh, I understand," she replied, a hint of
craftiness creeping into her voice.
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.
For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own
craftiness. British Dictionary definitions for craftiness adjective craftier or craftiest skilled in deception; shrewd; cunning archaic skilful Derived Forms craftily, adverb craftiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for craftiness adj.
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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