Translation of cunning in Spanish:


Pronunciation: /ˈkʌnɪŋ/


  • 1 1.1 (clever, sly) [villain/trick/plan] astuto; [smile] malicioso you cunning devil! ¡qué astuto eres!
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    • The lies he fed me to achieve this were cunning and elaborate, and indeed, I was fooled.
    • First, it has to be said that the game scenario is a very cunning one, cleverly designed to lead the unsuspecting player astray.
    • What remains is a traditional case of a national paranoia being manipulated by a cunning business establishment to protect its entrenched interests.
    1.2 (ingenious) [device] ingenioso
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    • Today's aggressor is cunning, ingenious, pragmatic, and at the same time not limited by any moral constraints.
    • He is a very ingenious and cunning writer and it's fun to see him skewer the targets he aims for with acerbic wit and intelligence.
    • John would see my brilliant tactical plan and organize a cunning defence…
  • 2 (cute, attractive) (American English/inglés norteamericano) a cunning guy un tipo guapo or (especially Latin America/especialmente América Latina) buen mozo she's real cunning! ¡es guapísima or (especially Latin America/especialmente América Latina) lindísima!


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