Definition of crafty in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkraftē/

adjective (craftier, craftiest)

1Clever at achieving one’s aims by indirect or deceitful methods: a crafty crook faked an injury to escape from prison
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  • The crafty woman was clever enough not to give me the mobiles.
  • Beware of a crafty and clever individual who can talk you into making a bad financial deal.
  • It's just possible that crafty, quick, powerful Jones could defeat any fighter in any weight class in the world.
cunning, wily, guileful, artful, devious, sly, tricky, scheming, calculating, designing, sharp, shrewd, astute, canny;
duplicitous, dishonest, deceitful
informal foxy
1.1Of, involving, or relating to indirect or deceitful methods: a shameless and crafty trick to mislead public opinion
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  • He pieces together the history behind the crafty tricks and cunning plans of conflict.
  • ‘Well, usually I'd just walk in,’ Dallas said as he scratched his chin and a crafty smile appeared on his face.
  • My red lips curl into a crafty little smile at the thought of that suave, devil of a man sitting on the sixty-eighth floor.
2 informal Of, involving, or relating to the making of decorative objects and other things by hand: a market full of crafty pots and interesting earrings
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  • If you are interested in joining a group of crafty ladies do come along and join in the fun.
  • Sunday morning, Tracy, her mother, and I went shopping at a couple of cute little crafty stores.
  • Tap into your inner Picasso with these crafty tricks.



Pronunciation: /ˈkraftəlē/
Example sentences
  • ‘It was craftily worded,’ admitted one EU diplomat in London.
  • I'm a food snob - it runs in my family - and this thing, this craftily tucked pastry square - it made the grade.
  • But whatever it is, it craftily evades our attempts to isolate and kill it.


Pronunciation: /ˈkraftēnəs/
Example sentences
  • It highlights all that is bad in human nature: cunning, craftiness, and treachery.
  • Rant aside, I do get some good ideas for cheaper home craftiness sometimes.
  • I found out about the sins of the foolish and the craftiness of the smart.


Old English cræftig 'strong, powerful', later 'skillful' (see craft, -y1).

Words that rhyme with crafty

draughty (US drafty)

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Syllabification: craft·y

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