Definition of crafty in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkrɑːfti/

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.
1.1Involving or relating to indirect or deceitful methods: he sneaked off to a toilet for a crafty smoke
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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 Involving or relating to the making of objects 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.



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.


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 'skilful' (see craft, -y1).

Words that rhyme with crafty

draughty (US drafty)

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