cunning ADJECTIVE 1) skilled in achieving one's ends by deceit or evasion. 2) ingenious. 3) N. Amer. attractive; charming.
NOUN 1) craftiness. 2) ingenuity.
DERIVATIVES cunningly adverb.
ORIGIN originally in the sense «erudite or skilful»: perhaps from an Old Norse word meaning 'knowledge' , related to CAN(Cf. ↑canner).

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  • cunningly — adv. shrewdly, slyly; charmingly …   English contemporary dictionary

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