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"Cunning" is an adjective which is often translated as "astuto", and "crafty" is an adjective which is also often translated as "astuto". Learn more about the difference between "cunning" and "crafty" below.
cunning(
kuhn
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ihng
)
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (clever)
a. astuto
The cunning kitten figured out a way to get milk out of the bottle to drink.El gatito astuto halló la manera de sacar leche de la botella.
b. ingenioso
With a cunning plan like that, I'm sure you'll succeed.Con un plan ingenioso como ese, estoy seguro de que tendrás éxito.
2. (devious)
a. astuto
The cunning politician had his enemies taken to jail by planting evidence.El astuto político logró hacer encarcelar a sus enemigos sembrando pruebas falsas.
b. artero
She will act like your friend, but she's actually very cunning and dangerous. Stay away.Fingirá ser una amiga, pero en realidad es muy artera y peligrosa. Mantente alejado.
c. malicioso
Lisa heard Marjorie's cunning remark on her hair but ignored it.Lisa oyó el comentario malicioso de Marjorie sobre su pelo pero lo pasó por alto.
3. (ingenious)
a. ingenioso
He invented a cunning device that increases fuel efficiency and decreases pollution.Inventó un aparato ingenioso que aumenta la eficacia del combustible y disminuye la contaminación.
4.
A word or phrase that is seldom used in contemporary language and is recognized as being from another decade, (e.g. cat, groovy).
(old-fashioned)
(cute)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
a. precioso
All eyes were on the cunning little girl as she walked out on stage to sing.Todas las miradas se posaron sobre la preciosa niñita cuando apareció en el escenario para cantar.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
5. (cleverness)
a. la astucia
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Dani infiltrated the enemy leadership using her cunning.Dani se infiltró entre los líderes enemigos usando su astucia.
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crafty(
krahf
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di
)
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (cunning)
a. astuto
Crafty businessmen have made a killing by exploiting this loophole in the law.Los empresarios astutos se han forrado aprovechándose de esta laguna legal.
b. vivo
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
The crafty ones made sure they arrived at the crack of dawn, so they were first in line.Los más vivos se aseguraron de estar allí al amanecer, para ser los primeros en la cola.
c. zorro
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
The crafty old devil is keeping very quiet about what's in his will.El muy zorro no suelta prenda sobre el contenido de su testamento.
d. artero
The interviewers asked me a lot of crafty questions, trying to catch me out.Los entrevistadores me hicieron muchas preguntas arteras, tratando de pillarme desprevenido.
e. hábil
Joe has a very crafty way of changing the rules when it suits him.Joe tiene una forma muy hábil de cambiar las reglas según le conviene.
2. (good at handicrafts)
a. bueno para las manualidades
My friend Yasmin is quite crafty, and she knits beautifully.Mi amiga Yasmín es muy buena para las manualidades y teje rebién.
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