crafty

Definitions

  • Crafty, deceitful. Neapolitan
    Crafty, deceitful. Neapolitan
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj crafty marked by skill in deception "cunning men often pass for wise","deep political machinations","a foxy scheme","a slick evasive answer","sly as a fox","tricky Dick","a wily old attorney"
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Rustic and Crafty Birds Rustic and Crafty Birds

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Crafty Possessing dexterity; skilled; skillful. "A noble crafty man of trees."
    • Crafty Relating to, or characterized by, craft or skill; dexterous. "Crafty work."
    • Crafty Skillful at deceiving others; characterized by craft; cunning; wily. "A pair of crafty knaves.""With anxious care and crafty wiles."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • crafty Possessing or displaying skill, especially manual skill or art: as, “crafty work,”
    • crafty Skilful in devising and executing schemes, especially secret or evil schemes; cunning; artful; wily; sly.
    • crafty Characterized by or springing from craft or deceit: as, crafty wiles. Synonyms Artful, Sly, etc. (see cunning), insidious, designing, deceitful, plotting, scheming.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Crafty having skill: cunning: deceitful
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Quotations

  • John Tillotson
    John Tillotson
    “The crafty person is always in danger; and when they think they walk in the dark, all their pretenses are transparent.”
  • S. Dubay
    S. Dubay
    “Craftiness is a quality in the mind and a vice in the character.”
  • James Dye
    James Dye
    “Their real names roggenfelder but they changed it, the crafty bastards. We Are Change confronted him and exposed him. He ran away like a BIG PUSSY EVIL PENGUIN. ”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. cræftig,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. cræft; Ger. kraft, power.

Usage

In literature:

Those priests are as crafty as foxes when the heretic leaven gets into them.
"The Secret Chamber at Chad" by Evelyn Everett-Green
A statesman, still crafty, still the lines of cunning cruelty about the mouth.
"Bunker Bean" by Harry Leon Wilson
Balcom needed no prompting from his crafty son.
"The Master Mystery" by Arthur B. Reeve and John W. Grey
As it was, Young Pete was crafty.
"The Ridin' Kid from Powder River" by Henry Herbert Knibbs
Easily led as ever, he was as a very reed in the hands of the crafty old woman of the world, located with him.
"Elster's Folly" by Mrs. Henry Wood
And we can also imagine that a crafty sovereign saw in this an opportunity to serve his own ends.
"A Short History of France" by Mary Platt Parmele
Once more he was the crafty, cruel, scheming man; and back into his eyes came that glitter she so feared.
"The Bad Man" by Charles Hanson Towne
He was surrounded by crafty adversaries, who contrived all manner of plans to entangle him in his talk.
"Companion to the Bible" by E. P. Barrows
A friend of Dr. Poulain who attended the last days of Sylvain Pons, he gave crafty counsel to Mme.
"Repertory Of The Comedie Humaine, Complete, A -- Z" by Anatole Cerfberr and Jules François Christophe
She had a plan in her crafty young mind.
"The Luckiest Girl in the School" by Angela Brazil
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In poetry:

Fair faces crowd on Christmas night
Like seven suns a-row,
But all beyond is the wolfish wind
And the crafty feet of the snow.
"A Portrait" by Gilbert Keith Chesterton
But envy soon scoffed down his shame;
And with a smile, designed for fawning,
But like hell's daybreak sickly dawning,
His crafty accents came.
"Kadisha; Or, The First Jealousy" by Richard Doddridge Blackmore
One day a fox, on thieving bent,
A crafty and an old one,
Most shrewdly tracked the pungent scent
That eloquently told one
That grapes were ripe and grapes were good
And likewise in the neighborhood.
"The Ambitious Fox And The Unapproachable Grapes" by Guy Wetmore Carryl
Aloof, dissatisfied, plotting revolt,
Comrade of criminals, brother of slaves,
Crafty, despised, a drudge, ignorant,
With sudra face and worn brow, black, but in the depths of my heart,
proud as any;
"Chanting The Square Deific" by Walt Whitman
Lycoris of the little brow for Cyrus feels a passion,
And Cyrus, on the other hand, toward Pholoe inclines;
But ere this crafty Cyrus can accomplish his designs
She-goats will wed Apulian wolves in deference to fashion.
"To Albius Tibullus" by Roswell Martin Field
Thanksgiving to the Lord of life! To him all praises be,
Who from the hands of evil men hath set his handmaid free;
All praise to Him before whose power the mighty are afraid,
Who take the crafty in the snare which for the poor is laid!
"Cassandra Southwick" by John Greenleaf Whittier

In news:

Deathly Design or Crafty Concept .
It is truly a cool and crafty idea.
Modern Family Mom on Her Own Crafty Mom.
This Isn't Crafty , But Deserves Posting.
Deathly Design or Crafty Concept.
Crafty iThieves Steal $1.5M Worth of iPad Minis.
Some crafty designers who don't have the resources to hold shows during New York Fashion Week still can take advantage of the crush of media and buyers entering Lincoln Center.
Get crafty this holiday season with homemade gifts from the kitchen.
The jury met on September 22nd and 23rd to view and score the roughly 400 applications from crafty hopefuls.
Bumgarner has been crafty all night, striking out eight while throwing only 86 pitches through seven innings .
This Isn 't Crafty, But Deserves Posting.
Crafty knitter , Edna Devore, will demonstrate how to create a basic winter hat.
With Knitting & Crocheting "Size Matters"- Todd's Crafty Wife.
Go Online to Get Crafty.
Technology expert Alexandra Samuel shares her ideas and inspirations for going online to get crafty.
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In science:

Such organizations are uncomfortable with the risk that a crafty attacker could circumvent the protections enforced by these tools.
Attacks on Local Searching Tools
His second attempt to specify a winning strategy against his program succumbed to the same problem. (It involved repeating questions multiple times.) Weintraub’s problem in answering the question points to the craftiness of his solution to the Loebner prize puzzle.
Lessons from a Restricted Turing Test
This is accomplished in a crafty way in : the product measures on U1 ∪ U2 turn out that feel like even and odd boundaries in the infinite (∆ − 1)-ary tree, providing for an elegant translation of the results.
Inapproximability of the Partition Function for the Antiferromagnetic Ising and Hard-Core Models
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