scheming

[ skee-ming ]
/ ˈski mɪŋ /

adjective

given to making plans, especially sly and underhand ones; crafty.

Nearby words

  1. schematism,
  2. schematize,
  3. scheme,
  4. schemer,
  5. schemie,
  6. schemingly,
  7. schenectady,
  8. schengen convention,
  9. schepisi,
  10. scherbo

Origin of scheming

First recorded in 1830–40; scheme + -ing2

Related formsschem·ing·ly, adverbun·schem·ing, adjective

scheme

[ skeem ]
/ skim /

noun

verb (used with object), schemed, schem·ing.

to devise as a scheme; plan; plot; contrive.

verb (used without object), schemed, schem·ing.

to lay schemes; devise plans; plot.

Origin of scheme

1545–55; < Medieval Latin schēma (stem schēmat-) < Greek schêma form, figure

Related forms

Synonym study

1, 6. See plan. 10. See plot.

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for scheming


British Dictionary definitions for scheming

scheming

/ (ˈskiːmɪŋ) /

adjective

given to making plots; cunning

noun

intrigues
Derived Formsschemingly, adverb

scheme

/ (skiːm) /

noun

verb

(tr) to devise a system for
to form intrigues (for) in an underhand manner
Derived Formsschemer, noun

Word Origin for scheme

C16: from Latin schema, from Greek skhēma form

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for scheming
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with scheming

scheme

see best-laid plans (schemes).

The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.