[ kraf-tee, krahf- ]
/ ˈkræf ti, ˈkrɑf- /

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 skilled. See craft, -y1
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British Dictionary definitions for crafty


/ (ˈkrɑːftɪ) /

adjective craftier or craftiest

skilled in deception; shrewd; cunning
archaic skilful
Derived Formscraftily, adverbcraftiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for crafty



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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