- skillful in underhand or evil schemes; cunning; deceitful; sly.
- Obsolete. skillful; ingenious; dexterous.
Origin of crafty
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Examples from the Web for crafty
It all goes well with the strong, crafty flavors of the beers.Look Out! There’s a Craft-Beer Revolution Taking Over France
December 2, 2013
It also helps that he kept Cory Booker off the ballot with a crafty scheduling of a Senate special election last month.Christie’s Reelection Triumph Is a Revenge of the RINOs
November 6, 2013
So the crafty North Carolina legislators took out the word Islam and instead referred to it as “foreign law.”North Carolina, Your Anti-Sharia Law Takes the Cake
August 9, 2013
One is to the manner born, the other a crafty servant; neither will take on the power.The Screwed Election: Wall Street Can’t Lose, and America Can’t Win
August 10, 2012
It's perhaps surprising to find what an engaging and crafty writer Rob Lowe, the handsome Brat Packer, has turned out to be.Why Rob Lowe Is the New Heather Locklear
Maria Elena Fernandez
May 8, 2011
Then, in the next instant, a crafty triumph gleamed from his eyes.
She regarded the Inspector shrewdly, a crafty glint in her eyes.
The gods were ever crafty, and they had unguessed ways of attaining their ends.White Fang
For this reason, also, foxes are crafty and eloquent even at the present day.Aino Folk-Tales
Basil Hall Chamberlain
He disappointeth the devices of the crafty, so that their hands cannot perform their enterprise.Blood and Iron
John Hubert Greusel
- skilled in deception; shrewd; cunning
- archaic skilful
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Word Origin and History for crafty
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