Having or showing skill in achieving one's ends by deceit or evasion
a cunning look came into his eyes
plants have evolved cunning defenses
the baby will look cunning in that pink print
Skill in achieving one's ends by deceit
a statesman to whom cunning had come as second nature
what resources of energy and cunning it took just to survive
attractive especially by means of smallness or prettiness or quaintness; "a cute kid with pigtails"; "a cute little apartment"; "cunning kittens"; "a cunning baby"
craft: shrewdness as demonstrated by being skilled in deception
crafty artfulness (especially in deception)
crafty: marked by skill in deception; "cunning men often pass for wise"; "deep political machinations"; "a foxy scheme"; "a slick evasive answer"; "sly as a fox"; "tricky Dick"; "a wily old attorney"
clever: showing inventiveness and skill; "a clever gadget"; "the cunning maneuvers leading to his success"; "an ingenious solution to the problem"
(cunningly) in an attractive manner; "how cunningly the olive-green dress with its underskirt of rose-brocade fitted her perfect figure"
(cunningly) craftily: in an artful manner; "he craftily arranged to be there when the decision was announced"; "had ever circumstances conspired so cunningly?"
The skill of being cunning, sly, conniving, or deceitful; Aptitude in performance; skill, proficiency; Sly; crafty; clever in surreptitious behaviour; Skillful, artful; Cute, appealing
(cunningness) The state or quality of being cunning; A cunning act
("cunningness") a defiant, unwilling attitude.
(1) a characteristic of animals which is called discretion in men. (2) the faculty that distinguishes a weak animal or person from a strong one. It brings its possessor much mental satisfaction and great material adversity.
The mental characteristic that animals have in place of Intelligence. Creatures with cunning are mentally controlled with Animál magics, rather than Mentem.
To dream of being cunning, denotes you will assume happy cheerfulness to retain the friendship of prosperous and gay people. If you are associating with cunning people, it warns you that deceit is being practised upon you in order to use your means for their own advancement.
This is actually a New Englandism. It is used as a synonym for cute. It was commonly used around Newbury. I found several usages in this way in Marquand's Wickford Point.