(noun, adjective)


1. attractive especially by means of smallness or prettiness or quaintness

- cunning kittens

- a cunning baby

Similar word(s): attractive, cute

2. marked by skill in deception

- cunning men often pass for wise

Similar word(s): artful, crafty, dodgy, foxy, guileful, knavish, slick, sly, tricksy, tricky, wily

3. showing inventiveness and skill

- the cunning maneuvers leading to his success

Similar word(s): adroit, clever, ingenious

Sentences with cunning as an adjective:

- cunning work


1. shrewdness as demonstrated by being skilled in deception

Similar word(s): craft, craftiness, foxiness, guile, slyness, wiliness

Definition categories: thought, astuteness, perspicaciousness, perspicacity, shrewdness

2. crafty artfulness (especially in deception)

Definition categories: attribute, artfulness

Sentences with cunning as a noun:

- the cunning of the fox or hare