Craftiness



[kraf-tee, krahf-] /ˈkræf ti, ˈkrɑf-/

adjective, craftier, craftiest.
1.
skillful in underhand or evil schemes; cunning; deceitful; sly.
2.
Obsolete. skillful; ingenious; dexterous.
/ˈkrɑːftɪ/
adjective craftier, craftiest
1.
skilled in deception; shrewd; cunning
2.
(archaic) skilful
adj.

c.1200, crafti, from Old English cræftig “strong, powerful,” later “skillful, ingenious,” degenerating by c.1200 to “cunning, sly” (but through 15c. also “skillfully done or made; intelligent, learned; artful, scientific”) from craft (n.) + -y (2). Related: Craftily; craftiness.

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