Definition of cunning in English:

cunning

Line breaks: cun|ning
Pronunciation: /ˈkʌnɪŋ
 
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adjective

  • 2North American Attractive or quaint: Baby will look too cunning for anything in that pink print
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    • She looked so cunning with her dark green cloak setting off her green eyes.

noun

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Derivatives

cunningly

adverb
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  • She's smart, funny, brilliantly creative, cunningly shrewd, and has no tolerance for synthetic fibers.
  • He can pull a prank with craftiness and slyness, so cunningly that even the heroes of war would not be able to spot it.
  • And using all her feminine guile I was yet again cunningly entrapped.

cunningness

noun
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  • It would take but a mere glimpse of cunningness.
  • He sources goals with a cunningness sharper than his tender years give a right to expect, but away from the field struggles to suppress the inner child as ably as he does on it.
  • She loathes cunningness, and thinks a cunning person is definitely dishonest.

Origin

Middle English: perhaps from Old Norse kunnandi 'knowledge', from kunna 'know' (related to can1), or perhaps from Middle English cunne, an obsolete variant of can1. The original sense was '(possessing) erudition or skill' and had no implication of deceit; the sense 'deceitfulness' dates from late Middle English.

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