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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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Related Words for craftiness

chicanery, guile, trickiness, shadiness, slyness, deceit, dishonesty, trickery, artifice, cunning, wiliness, caginess, canniness

Examples from the Web for craftiness

Historical Examples of craftiness

  • Save for a certain air of craftiness, he was representative and intelligent.

    The Plunderer

    Roy Norton

  • "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.

British Dictionary definitions for craftiness


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 craftiness



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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