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cunning

adjective uk   us   /ˈkʌn.ɪŋ/

cunning adjective (CLEVER)

C2 Cunning people are clever at planning something so that they get what they want, especially by tricking other people, or things that are cleverly made for a particular purpose: a cunning plan/ploy He's a very cunning man.

cunning adjective (ATTRACTIVE)

US old-fashioned pretty and attractive: a cunning little child/puppy/kitten
cunningly
adverb uk   us   /-li/

cunning

noun [U] uk   us   /ˈkʌn.ɪŋ/
the quality or skill of being clever at planning something so you get what you want, especially by tricking other people: We need to show some cunning if we want to trick the enemy.
Translations of “cunning”
in Arabic مُحْتال…
in Korean 교활한…
in Malaysian bijak…
in French rusé, astucieux…
in Turkish şeytan, kurnaz, hinoğlu hin…
in Italian furbo, astuto…
in Chinese (Traditional) 聰明的, 狡猾的,狡詐的…
in Russian хитрый, коварный…
in Polish przebiegły…
in Vietnamese xảo quyệt, khéo léo…
in Spanish astuto, ingenioso…
in Portuguese astuto, engenhoso…
in Thai เจ้าเล่ห์, ฉลาด…
in German listig, klug…
in Catalan astut…
in Japanese ずるい…
in Indonesian licik, pintar…
in Chinese (Simplified) 聪明的, 狡猾的,狡诈的…
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