Definition of crafty in English:


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adjectiveadjective craftier, adjective craftiest

  • 1Clever at achieving one's aims by indirect or deceitful methods.

    ‘a crafty crook faked an injury to escape from prison’
    • ‘The crafty woman was clever enough not to give me the mobiles.’
    • ‘Beware of a crafty and clever individual who can talk you into making a bad financial deal.’
    • ‘It's just possible that crafty, quick, powerful Jones could defeat any fighter in any weight class in the world.’
    • ‘‘He was courageous, clever, confident, some people even say he was crafty,’ a friend describes the young schoolboy.’
    • ‘She was that sort of girl, really quick and crafty.’
    • ‘That gets him in trouble against quick, crafty pass rushers.’
    • ‘Miles isn't yet as efficient as Williams would like, but he is quick, crafty and sometimes sensational.’
    • ‘I knew not that thy men were crafty and deceitful like a fox.’
    • ‘Beware of a crafty person who undermines your achievement at work.’
    • ‘The Geordies love him, opponents loathe him but he's crafty, cunning and still top class.’
    • ‘But elders get to be elders by being cunning and crafty.’
    • ‘My neighbors include a family of armadillos, a crafty old opossum and a resourceful raccoon.’
    • ‘She's very crafty… but, of course, I'm the one who agreed to it.’
    • ‘As crafty administrators will tell you, appoint a committee to insulate yourself against public criticism.’
    • ‘But they do like to dig up the garden, and are renowned as crafty escape artists.’
    • ‘"Oh, he's much too crafty for that, " replied Armand.’
    • ‘The tiger was too careful and too crafty to reveal himself just like that.’
    • ‘Steve was, and is, a pretty crafty hardware and software guy.’
    • ‘Perhaps jurors minds were perverted by the words of some pretty crafty lawyers?’
    • ‘But Cass is pretty crafty and declares he is starting his own country.’
    cunning, guileful, wily, artful, devious, sly, tricky, duplicitous, dishonest, underhand, cheating, deceitful, Janus-faced, sharp, scheming, calculating, designing, evasive
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    1. 1.1British informal (of something pleasurable) consumed or done in an unplanned, surreptitious way.
      • ‘he sneaked off to a toilet for a crafty fag’
  • 2Involving the making of decorative objects and other things by hand.

    ‘a market full of crafty pots and interesting earrings’
    • ‘If you are interested in joining a group of crafty ladies do come along and join in the fun.’
    • ‘Sunday morning, Tracy, her mother, and I went shopping at a couple of cute little crafty stores.’
    • ‘Tap into your inner Picasso with these crafty tricks.’
    1. 2.1Skilled at the making of decorative objects and other things by hand.
      ‘they are looking for crafty people to join the group to make ornaments’
      • ‘Crafty parents and their children have been re-purposing old soda bottles and cups and turning them into a fashionable hairstyle.’
      • ‘Tracking down the perfect frame can be difficult. If you're feeling crafty, there's nothing to stop you from making your own.’
      • ‘This seems like so much more effort than just going round to your mum's house (or your one crafty friend's) and borrowing their sewing machine.’
      • ‘She steered away from uploading generic posed snapshots and got crafty with her artwork.’
      • ‘My mom was crafty, a little MacGyverish that way. We had a lot of art supplies in the house.’
      • ‘Crafty Kiwis were asked to colour in a Venetian landscape in order to win a Flight Centre travel voucher.’
      • ‘She is hosting this new series that pits talented craftsmen and women against each other in a competition. Here's my question: where do these crafty people live and can I hire them to build me a fort made of TV listings?’
      • ‘She reveals that her own crafty mother would create great Halloween costumes but also everyday homemade clothes.’
      • ‘Don't want to pay for new jewelry or furniture? Get crafty and do it yourself with these tips!’
      • ‘Not every bride is especially crafty, but with an abundance of easy-to-follow tutorials that yield impressive results, every bride can be!’



/ˈkraftē/ /ˈkræfti/


Old English cræftig ‘strong, powerful’, later ‘skillful’ (see craft, -y).