Translation of cunning in Spanish:


astuto, adj.

Pronunciation /ˈkʌnɪŋ//ˈkənɪŋ/


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    • 1.1(clever, sly)

      (villain/trick/plan) astuto
      (smile) malicioso
      you cunning devil! ¡qué astuto eres!
      • He was supposedly a cunning manipulator who lured his adversary into a fatal trap.
      • This year the ingenious Councillor has thought up a cunning plan that will see the town's streets swept clean of dog dirt.
      • Tom however, through cunning reasoning skills, is able to get what he needs.
      • After all, when it comes to cunning stunts, we may have a natural advantage.
      • She's a cunning manipulator one moment, an adorably guileless charmer the next, one who tosses off winsome smiles like strike-zone fastballs.
      • He raised £10 million in less than a month, thanks to a particularly cunning manoeuvre: he invented a deadline.
      • Unfortunately, the laptop didn't fall for their cunning ruse.
      • So that was a very cunning ploy that she used.
      • Fortunately, in an effort to cheer myself up, I've devised a fiendish and cunning plan to turn myself into a local celebrity.
      • That's right, not only is it my birthday today but by a piece of cunning design today is also the day we complete on our new home.
      • He subsequently discovers the whereabouts of the photograph by a cunning ruse.
      • They are very cunning and very devious.
      • Observations suggest they try a cunning psychological ploy to prevent their partner fleeing the nest.
      • The truth is, though, sometimes spies really do resort to cunning disguises and hidden cameras.
      • First, it has to be said that the game scenario is a very cunning one, cleverly designed to lead the unsuspecting player astray.
      • John would see my brilliant tactical plan and organize a cunning defence…
      • Far from being instinct-driven dunces held back by a three-second memory, fish were cunning, manipulative, cultured and socially aware.
      • It's a cunning skill, even more so as you can reverse the stroke in order to go backwards.
      • I'm very suspicious of websites that confront you with bells and whistles and all manner of cunning design.
      • The lies he fed me to achieve this were cunning and elaborate, and indeed, I was fooled.
      • He is full of charm when he gets his way, full of menace when he does not, unscrupulous, cunning and deceitful.
      • He is a very ingenious and cunning writer and it's fun to see him skewer the targets he aims for with acerbic wit and intelligence.
      • They had to endear themselves both to the other people in the house and to the nation at large, and so we became voyeurs into their most cunning manipulations and most private moments.
      • Today's aggressor is cunning, ingenious, pragmatic, and at the same time not limited by any moral constraints.
      • A little cunning skill is obviously useful, and luck is a vital ingredient that I like to enjoy in large measure.
      • You've been tricked, the defamation of this cunning flower tricked you.
      • I listened intently, for he was right, his plans were very cunning.
      • What remains is a traditional case of a national paranoia being manipulated by a cunning business establishment to protect its entrenched interests.
      • More than once he bailed his master out of dangerous situation not by using force, but cunning tricks.
      • But can the governments really have been to blame for inducing irrational exuberance in the bidders through the fiendishly cunning auction processes they devised?
      • Now, even if these are just sneaky sites by cunning marketers, they're working.

    • 1.2(ingenious)

      (device) ingenioso

  • 2US

    (cute, attractive)
    a cunning guy un buen mozo Latin America
    • she's real cunning! ¡es guapísima!


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    astucia feminine
    low cunning zorrería feminine informal