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[ kraf-tee, krahf- ]


, craft·i·er, craft·i·est.
  1. skillful in underhand or evil schemes; cunning; deceitful; sly.

    Synonyms: scheming, designing, tricky, wily

  2. Obsolete. skillful; ingenious; dexterous.


/ ˈkrɑːftɪ /


  1. skilled in deception; shrewd; cunning
  2. archaic.

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Derived Forms

  • ˈcraftily, adverb
  • ˈcraftiness, noun

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Other Words From

  • 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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Word History and Origins

Origin of crafty1

before 900; Middle English; Old English cræftig skilled. See craft, -y 1

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Example Sentences

He is way craftier than that, even if he writes “hamberders” and “covfefe.”

A crafty post scorer who can hit tough turnarounds, step out to launch three-pointers and play quarterback from the high post, Jokic ranks second in points and tied for fourth in assists in clutch situations.

These publishers also have to be crafty in finding ways to continue funding this expansion of coverage, especially coming out of a year that was punishing for publishers’ bottom lines.

From Digiday

Indeed, the persistent myth of the “crafty” lefty who disrupts hitters with nasty pitch movement — though not substantiated by scientific measurements — likely has its roots in this unfamiliarity effect.

For the younger set, get crafty with clay or something as simple as markers and paper you already have on hand.

From Ozy

It all goes well with the strong, crafty flavors of the beers.

It also helps that he kept Cory Booker off the ballot with a crafty scheduling of a Senate special election last month.

So the crafty North Carolina legislators took out the word Islam and instead referred to it as “foreign law.”

Romney will be very crafty in debate about how he presents all this, and it's all very confusing to most people.

The Daily Pic: The Bruce High Quality Foundation gets crafty with labor.

He accuses the latter of various illegal and crafty acts, among them sending contraband gold and jewels to Mexico.

He hath searched out the deep, and the heart of men: and considered their crafty devices.

But while everything seemed so favourable the crafty Gascon from the first foresaw the dangers which beset his path.

He was a dark impish looking fellow, as lean as Cassius and as crafty and envious as Iago.

But Soult was possessed of a crafty caution which seldom if ever allowed his ambition to hinder the success his ability deserved.