Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Skilled in or marked by underhandedness, deviousness, or deception.
  • adj. Chiefly British Skillful; dexterous.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Relating to, or characterized by, craft or skill; dexterous.
  • adj. Possessing dexterity; skilled; skillful.
  • adj. Skillful at deceiving others; characterized by craft; cunning; wily.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Relating to, or characterized by, craft or skill; dexterous.
  • adj. Possessing dexterity; skilled; skillful.
  • adj. Skillful at deceiving others; characterized by craft; cunning; wily.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Possessing or displaying skill, especially manual skill or art: as, “crafty work,”
  • Skilful in devising and executing schemes, especially secret or evil schemes; cunning; artful; wily; sly.
  • Characterized by or springing from craft or deceit: as, crafty wiles.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. marked by skill in deception

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old English cræftig, strong, skillful, from cræft, skill.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old English cræftig. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Characters often impress readers by solving problems in crafty and unexpected ways.

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  • Oh ... and buy that 6 flat on the block, duplex both sides and turn the first floor into offices and a studio for a certain crafty chick.

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  • It's too bad that Su used the word crafty to attack Hsieh.

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  • This is a Flickr badge showing items in a set called crafty goodness.

    did you craft today?

  • Sharp features and slitted eyes lent him an expression crafty as a rat's.

    Stormwarden

  • I think a more likely interpretation of what Obama meant to say was "not artful" (artful is defined as crafty, cunningly clever at getting what one wants).

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  • Devereux, I have paid the forfeit of my errors with a terrible interest: when my motives have been pure, men have seen a fault in the conduct, and calumniated the motives; when my conduct has been blameless, men have remembered its former errors, and asserted that its present goodness only arose from some sinister intention: thus I have been termed crafty, when I was in reality rash, and that was called the inconsistency of interest which in reality was the inconsistency of passion.

    Devereux — Volume 04

  • Jaws made Roy Scheider, previously a little-noticed character actor, a star; it made Richard Dreyfuss, an annoying, neurotic, nerdy sort of fellow, a star; and it made the brilliant Robert Shaw into the kind of crafty old codger the American public could no longer take for granted, even though he wouldn't last much longer.

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  • There must be millions of people who can make incredible "crafty" things out there in the world that would make my scarves look Neanderthal, but it's the "making" that's the fun for me.

    Sometimes I get the strongest urge to knit!

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