Definition of crafty in English:


Pronunciation /ˈkraftē/ /ˈkræfti/

Translate crafty into Spanish

adjectivecraftier, 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. 1.1Of, involving, or relating to indirect or deceitful methods.
      ‘a shameless and crafty trick to mislead public opinion’
      • ‘He pieces together the history behind the crafty tricks and cunning plans of conflict.’
      • ‘‘Well, usually I'd just walk in,’ Dallas said as he scratched his chin and a crafty smile appeared on his face.’
      • ‘My red lips curl into a crafty little smile at the thought of that suave, devil of a man sitting on the sixty-eighth floor.’
      • ‘He watched her stare at him and held a crafty smile across his face.’
      • ‘She glanced back along the corridor to where Hank still stood watching, and a crafty smile tilted her lips.’
      • ‘She would have to do some fairly under handed and crafty lying to convince him to leave without revealing the conspiracy.’
      • ‘Meanwhile, a surreptitious measure of whisky is pulled from his pocket for a crafty nip.’
      • ‘And while I was in there any thoughts of having a crafty fag dispersed at the sight of the smoke alarms.’
      • ‘The film makes crafty use of suspense from the beginning and there are subtle elements of mystery.’
      • ‘The crafty machinations of the camera yield the spontaneity of the snapshot.’
      • ‘These composition and narrative tricks would seemingly sink another film, making it too clever and crafty in a self-serving fashion.’
      • ‘The carrot-and-stick strategy at first seemed ingenious or at least crafty.’
      • ‘He utilizes the crafty technique of a savvy veteran.’
      • ‘Maria is a smoker and while she was having a crafty fag, we'd eye up all the cute smokers.’
      • ‘His methods are crafty and cunning, he is the master deceiver.’
      • ‘He is kidnapped and his friends try to save him - but are are captured by the Queen's crafty cunning.’
      • ‘This year, a lot of GMs have pulled off some crafty trades and astute free-agent signings.’
      • ‘We're just wondering what crafty manoeuvre he'll have up his sleeve this time.’
      • ‘This is particularly true in the office, where crafty technologies help bosses keep abreast of what their employees are doing.’
      • ‘The government has wised up to the crafty ways of the wily general.’
  • 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’


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