- given to making plans, especially sly and underhand ones; crafty.
Origin of scheming
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- a plan, design, or program of action to be followed; project.
- an underhand plot; intrigue.
- a visionary or impractical project.
- a body or system of related doctrines, theories, etc.: a scheme of philosophy.
- any system of correlated things, parts, etc., or the manner of its arrangement.
- a plan, program, or policy officially adopted and followed, as by a government or business: The company's pension scheme is very successful.
- an analytical or tabular statement.
- a diagram, map, or the like.
- an astrological diagram of the heavens.
- to devise as a scheme; plan; plot; contrive.
- to lay schemes; devise plans; plot.
Origin of scheme
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Examples from the Web for scheming
Even the most sketch-ball, scheming car mechanic knows how much those brake pads cost.‘Code Black’: An M.D. on How to Fix Our Emergency Room Crisis
June 20, 2014
Mordred is a slave to his lust for the Queen, finding no outlet for his thwarted energies except in scheming action.Tolkien’s Unfinished Epic: ‘The Fall of Arthur’
May 23, 2013
Mantel, unfortunately, repeats the “scheming Anne” portrayal in her own novels.Why Does Anne Boleyn Obsess Us?
April 25, 2013
The goal of my book is to empower people to see through this scheming.What’s in Your Food? Michael Moss Reveals the Food Industry’s Secrets
March 24, 2013
We still have enemies who spend every waking hour scheming of ways to blow up that mall of imagined peacetime.Those Who Lost Loved Ones on 9/11 Cannot Forget and Neither Should America
September 10, 2012
He's been scheming, ever since I told him you were coming, to get out of driving in to meet you.Chip, of the Flying U
B. M. Bower
Why, you've got all Nature on your side, plotting and scheming for you.The Trimming of Goosie
The Carlists were scheming, and the Cortes was driven to an immediate decision.A Short History of Spain
Mary Platt Parmele
He had been wondering and scheming how to compel the Spokesmen of the Gens to obey his will.
You know he has been scheming all along to take her from you.Bloom of Cactus
Robert Ames Bennet
- given to making plots; cunning
- a systematic plan for a course of action
- a systematic arrangement of correlated parts; system
- a secret plot
- a visionary or unrealizable project
- a chart, diagram, or outline
- an astrological diagram giving the aspects of celestial bodies at a particular time
- mainly British a plan formally adopted by a commercial enterprise or governmental body, as for pensions, etc
- mainly Scot an area of housing that is laid out esp by a local authority; estate
- (tr) to devise a system for
- to form intrigues (for) in an underhand manner
Word Origin and History for scheming
1550s, "figure of speech," from Medieval Latin schema "shape, figure, form, appearance; figure of speech; posture in dancing," from Greek skhema (genitive skhematos) "figure, appearance, the nature of a thing," related to skhein "to get," and ekhein "to have," from PIE root *segh- "to hold, to hold in one's power, to have" (cf. Sanskrit sahate "he masters, overcomes," sahah "power, victory;" Avestan hazah "power, victory;" Greek ekhein "to have, hold;" Gothic sigis, Old High German sigu, Old Norse sigr, Old English sige "victory").
The sense "program of action" first is attested 1640s. Unfavorable overtones (selfish, devious) began to creep in early 18c. Meaning "complex unity of coordinated component elements" is from 1736. Color scheme is attested from 1884.
"devise a scheme," 1767 (earlier "reduce to a scheme," 1716), from scheme (n.). Related: Schemed; scheming.