Clever vs. Cunning

Clever vs. Cunning — Is There a Difference?

Difference Between Clever and Cunning

Cleveradjective

Mentally quick and original; bright

a clever student.

Cunningadjective

Marked by or given to artful subtlety and deceptiveness.

Cleveradjective

Skilled at accomplishing things, especially with the hands

a clever carpenter.

Cunningadjective

Executed with or exhibiting ingenuity.

Cleveradjective

Crafty; cunning

"a hard-working kid who rose from poverty, only to be duped by rich, clever bankers" (Jeff Goodell).

Cunningadjective

Delicately pleasing; pretty or cute

a cunning pet.

Cleveradjective

Exhibiting ingenuity or imagination; creative or artful

a clever experiment.

Cunningnoun

Skill in deception; guile.

Cleveradjective

Witty; amusing

an evening of clever repartee.

Cunningnoun

Skill or adeptness in execution or performance; dexterity.

Cleveradjective

Characterized by cunning or shrewdness

clever manipulation of public opinion.

Cunningadjective

Sly; crafty; clever in surreptitious behaviour.

Cleveradjective

New England Easily managed; docile

"Oxen must be pretty clever to be bossed around the way they are" (Dialect Notes).

Cunningadjective

(obsolete) Skillful, artful.

Cleveradjective

Chiefly Southern US Good-natured; amiable.

Cunningadjective

(obsolete) Wrought with, or exhibiting, skill or ingenuity; ingenious.

cunning work

Cleveradjective

Nimble with hands or body; skillful; adept.

Cunningadjective

Cute, appealing.

a cunning little boy''

Cleveradjective

Resourceful, sometimes to the point of cunning.

clever like a fox

Cunningnoun

Practical knowledge or experience; aptitude in performance; skill, proficiency; dexterity.

Cleveradjective

Smart, intelligent, or witty; mentally quick or sharp.

Cunningnoun

Practical skill employed in a secret or crafty manner; craft; artifice; skillful deceit.

Cleveradjective

Showing inventiveness or originality; witty.

Cunningnoun

The disposition to employ one's skill in an artful manner; craftiness; guile; artifice; skill of being cunning, sly, conniving, or deceitful.

Cleveradjective

Possessing magical abilities.

Cunningnoun

The natural wit or instincts of an animal.

the cunning of the fox or hare

Cleveradjective

(obsolete) Fit; suitable; having propriety.

Cunningnoun

(obsolete) Knowledge; learning; special knowledge (sometimes implying occult or magical knowledge).

Cleveradjective

(obsolete) Well-shaped; handsome.

Cunningnoun

shrewdness in deception;

as cunning as a fox

Cleveradjective

Good-natured; obliging.

Cunningnoun

shrewdness as demonstrated by being skilled in deception

Cleveradjective

Fit and healthy; free from fatigue or illness.

Cunningnoun

drafty artfulness (especially in deception)

Cleveradjective

skillful (or showing skill) in adapting means to ends;

cool prudence and sensitive selfishness along with quick perception of what is possible--these distinguish an adroit politiciancame up with a clever storyan ingenious press agentan ingenious scheme

Cunningadjective

attractive especially by means of smallness or prettiness or quaintness;

a cute kid with pigtailsa cute little apartmentcunning kittensa cunning baby

Cleveradjective

showing self-interest and shrewdness in dealing with others;

a cagey lawyertoo clever to be sound

Cunningadjective

marked by skill in deception;

cunning men often pass for wisedeep political machinationsa foxy schemea slick evasive answersly as a foxtricky Dika wily old attorney

Cleveradjective

mentally quick and resourceful;

an apt pupilyou are a clever man...you reason well and your wit is bold

Cunningadjective

showing inventiveness and skill;

a clever gadgetthe cunning maneuvers leading to his successan ingenious solution to the problem

Cleveradjective

showing inventiveness and skill;

a clever gadgetthe cunning maneuvers leading to his successan ingenious solution to the problem