cunning (adj.)
knowledgeable, skilful, clever
1H4 II.iv.444[Prince Hal (as King) to Falstaff (as Hal), of Falstaff] Wherein cunning, but in craft?
2H6 I.ii.75[Duchess to Hume] Hast thou as yet conferred / With Margery Jourdain, the cunning witch
2H6 IV.i.34[Suffolk to Whitmore] A cunning man did calculate my birth [i.e. a fortune teller]
Ham III.iv.140.1[Gertrude to Hamlet] This bodiless creation ecstasy / Is very cunning in
MA II.ii.47[Don John to Borachio] Be cunning in the working this, and thy fee is a thousand ducats
MA V.i.218[Don Pedro to Borachio, of Dogberry] This learned Constable is too cunning to be understood
Oth IV.i.90[Othello to Iago] I will be found most cunning in my patience
R3 III.i.135[Buckingham to Hastings, of York] So cunning, and so young, is wonderful
RJ IV.ii.2[Capulet to Servingman] go hire me twenty cunning cooks
Sonn.148.13[] O cunning love, with tears thou keep'st me blind
TC III.i.28[Pandarus to Servant] I am too courtly, and thou art too cunning
TN I.v.229[Viola as Cesario to Olivia, of Olivia's face] whose red and white / Nature's own sweet and cunning hand laid on
TS I.i.184[Lucentio to Tranio, of Baptista and Bianca] art thou not advised he took some care / To get her cunning schoolmasters to instruct her?
TS I.i.97[Baptista to Gremio and Hortensio] to cunning men / I will be very kind
TS II.i.56[Petruchio to Baptista, of Hortensio as Licio] Cunning in music and the mathematics
TS II.i.80[Gremio to Baptista, of Lucentio as Cambio] cunning in Greek, Latin, and other languages
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