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English definition of “cunning”

cunning

adjective uk   /ˈkʌn.ɪŋ/ us  

cunning adjective (CLEVER)

C2 describes people who 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.Sly and devious

cunning adjective (ATTRACTIVE)

US old-fashioned pretty and attractive: a cunning little child/puppy/kittenAttractiveSexual attractionSmart and elegant
cunningly
adverb uk   /-li/ us  
Sly and devious

cunning

noun [U] uk   /ˈkʌn.ɪŋ/ us  
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.Sly and devious
(Definition of cunning from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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