cunning Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “cunning” in the English Dictionary

"cunning" in British English

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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 ​particularpurpose: 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
adverb uk   us   /-li/

cunningnoun [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 ​defeat the ​enemy.
(Definition of cunning from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"cunning" in American English

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 us   /ˈkʌn·ɪŋ/
skillful in ​planning and ​ready to ​deceivepeople in ​order to get what you ​want: a cunning ​scheme
noun [U]  us   /ˈkʌn·ɪŋ/
They made ​their way ​safely back through ​enemyterritory by ​stealth and cunning.
(Definition of cunning from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “cunning”
in Korean 교활한…
in Arabic مُحْتال…
in Malaysian bijak…
in French rusé, astucieux…
in Russian хитрый, коварный…
in Chinese (Traditional) 聰明的, 狡猾的,狡詐的…
in Italian furbo, astuto…
in Turkish şeytan, kurnaz, hinoğlu hin…
in Polish przebiegły…
in Spanish astuto, ingenioso…
in Vietnamese xảo quyệt, khéo léo…
in Portuguese astuto, engenhoso…
in Thai เจ้าเล่ห์, ฉลาด…
in German listig, klug…
in Catalan astut…
in Japanese ずるい…
in Chinese (Simplified) 聪明的, 狡猾的,狡诈的…
in Indonesian licik, pintar…
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