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cunning
American English: /ˈkənɪŋ/
British English: /ˈkʌnɪŋ/

Translation of cunning in Spanish:

adjective

  • 1 1.1 (clever, sly)
    (villain/trick/plan)
    astuto
    (smile)
    malicioso
    you cunning devil!
    ¡qué astuto eres!
    Example sentences
    • 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.
    Example sentences
    • 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…
    1.2 (ingenious)
    (device)
    ingenioso
  • 2 (cute, attractive) (American English) a cunning guy
    un tipo guapo or (esp (Latin America) ) buen mozo
    she's real cunning!
    ¡es guapísima or (esp (Latin America) ) lindísima!

noun

uncountable

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