Definition of cunningly in English:



  • 1In a clever and deceitful way.

    ‘an important document was cunningly hidden under the noses of the police’
    • ‘At first glance it looks like an ordinary telegraph pole but it's really a cunningly disguised mobile phone mast.’
    • ‘As we've mentioned in previous articles, the Government cunningly includes earnings growth in that figure.’
    • ‘The twins can also be ruthless, as when they cunningly murder the housekeeper.’
    • ‘Cunningly, the virus can even spoof the domain name of the business's email address.’
    • ‘The emotions always seems real and spontaneous rather than cunningly manipulated to pull out the heartstrings.’
    • ‘Some artists thrive on winsome personalities, cunningly distracting listeners from the music with their stylistic excess.’
    • ‘He begins to live in style, dressing finely as a gentleman, and cunningly keeping himself beyond the reach of the law.’
    • ‘During the opening credit sequence, the main character cunningly eludes a patrol car.’
    • ‘She cunningly milked him for anything she could learn about who his master was.’
    • ‘She would later write in her autobiography that she "used to try more and more cunningly to hide my feelings."’
    1. 1.1 In an ingenious way.
      ‘the tracks are arranged in cunningly interwoven layers’
      • ‘The piece also cunningly exploits the writer's own gift for confessional monologues.’
      • ‘As in his previous film, cunningly chosen setpieces make the impact.’
      • ‘The play has not only sly wit, it is very cunningly constructed.’
      • ‘It almost seemed like even the odd bum notes were cunningly placed to assure you the band weren't just up there miming to the albums.’
      • ‘The play was an adaptation of John Gay's The Beggar's Opera, cunningly modernized into an anti-capitalist satire.’
      • ‘The scheme cunningly subverts the strict German building regulations pertaining to inner-city sites.’
      • ‘The game has loads of different courses to tackle, all cunningly designed to test your manual dexterity to the maximum.’
      • ‘While the ski runs are not as cunningly crafted as the other site's labyrinthine arenas, their immense scale produces some splendid moments.’
      • ‘This is a cunningly arranged, charming, swinging record which lives up to its title.’
      • ‘However, in Antony's eulogy, he focuses on Caesar's positive traits, and cunningly disproves Brutus' justification for killing Caesar.’