1 having or showing skill in achieving one's ends by deceit or evasion : a cunning look came into his eyes.
• ingenious : plants have evolved cunning defenses.
2 attractive; quaint : 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.
• ingenuity : what resources of energy and cunning it took just to survive.