Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • adjective marked by skill in deception

Etymologies

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

[Middle English, from Old English cræftig, strong, skillful, from cræft, skill.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Old English cræftig.

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