Synonyms for Cunning:


all (adjective)
cunning (adjective)
snaky, sharp, smooth, serpentine, scheming, ingenious, designing, artful, wily, devious, feline, canny, wary, tricky, subtle, sly, masterful, shrewd, witty, slippery, deft, crafty, clever, skillful, masterly, quick, calculating, slick, astute, foxy.
devious (adjective)
foxy, slippery, crafty, subtle, smooth, sharp, slick, artful, shrewd, astute, sly, wary, guileful, tricky, smart, wily, canny.
dishonest (adjective)
imaginative (adjective)
clever, deft, able, dexterous, skillful, masterful, adroit, ingenious, intelligent.
intuitive (adjective)
far-sighted, artful, crafty, clever, insightful, canny, tricky, sly, astute, instinctive, wily, shrewd, sophisticated, intuitive, instinctual.
sharp (adjective)
skillful (adjective)
apt, versatile, clever, crafty, agile, skilled, capable, deft, efficient, ambidextrous, expert, facile, talented, adept, handy, nimble, masterful, competent, skillful, able, accomplished, adroit, genius, proficient, dexterous, Sure-footed, artful.
witty (adjective)
pithy, crafty, joking, pointed, clever, waggish, shrewd, witty, canny, foxy, smart, dry, droll, comical, urbane, subtle, tricky, deft, sarcastic, sharp, sparkling, inventive, quick, facetious, adroit, artful, wily, scurrilous, intelligent, sophisticated, sly, jocular, brilliant, astute, funny, scintillating, resourceful, quick-witted, ingenious.


dishonesty, smoke and mirrors, misconduct, corruption, foul play. dishonest, fraudulent, corrupt, untruthful, honest, deceitful, unprincipled, unscrupulous, dubious, means. discreet, little, minute, minuscule, deceit, midget, tiny, slight, microscopic, deception, Double dealing, shiftiness, small, diminutive, duplicity. cunning (noun)
crafty, craft, cute, trickiness, ingenious, snakiness, slipperiness, guileful, slyness, shrewdness, quickness, clever, slickness, slick, foxiness, ingeniousness, finesse, cleverness, ingenuity, wiliness, dodgy, wariness, guile, subtlety, tricksy, artful, tricky, foxy, smoothness, craftiness, Canniness, astuteness, sly, deviousness, wily, wit, knavish, adroit, art, sharpness, attractive.
deception (noun)
dishonesty (noun)
intuition (noun)
foresight, sophistry, intuition, slyness, instinct, insight.
knowledge (noun)
skill (noun)
flair, talent, knack, deftness, adroitness, ability, experience, craft, capability, facility, know-how, technique, proficiency, genius, aptitude, adeptness, dexterity, artfulness, skill, acuity, mastery, competence, expertise.

Other synonyms:

dishonest, untruthful, unprincipled, unscrupulous, shiftiness, fraudulent. dubious. corrupt. deceit
Other relevant words:
deceitful, dishonest, untruthful, Double dealing, guileful, discreet, corrupt, tricksy, knavish, dishonesty, attractive, cute, unprincipled, deceit, dodgy, duplicity, unscrupulous, shiftiness, fraudulent, deception.

Usage examples for cunning

  1. You cunning Mr. Missionary! – Some Jewish Witnesses For Christ by Rev. A. Bernstein, B.D.
  2. Was he really cunning and did he want not to give himself away? – The Magnetic North by Elizabeth Robins (C. E. Raimond)
  3. Ah, you are cunning Maiyotte! – Two Years in the French West Indies by Lafcadio Hearn