- The definition of cunning is something done with ingenuity or clever deception.
An example of cunning is the way a racoon gets into a closed garbage can.
cunning definition by Webster's New World
- Now Rare skillful or clever
- skillful in deception; sly; crafty
- made or done with skill or ingenuity
- ☆ attractive or pretty in a delicate way; cute
Origin: Middle English having skill, knowing ; from present participle of cunnen, to know: see can
- Now Rare clever proficiency; skill
- skill in deception; slyness; craftiness
cunning definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Marked by or given to artful subtlety and deceptiveness.
- Executed with or exhibiting ingenuity.
- Delicately pleasing; pretty or cute: a cunning pet.
- Skill in deception; guile.
- Skill or adeptness in execution or performance; dexterity.
Origin: Middle English, present participle of connen, to know, from Old English cunnan; see gnō- in Indo-European roots.
- cunˈning·ly adverb
- cunˈning·ness noun