Gunboat vs Cunning - What's the difference?
As nouns the difference between gunboat and cunning
is that gunboat
is (nautical) any of various types of small armed vessel while cunning
is (obsolete) knowledge; learning; special knowledge (sometimes implying occult or magical knowledge).
As an adjective cunning is
sly; crafty; clever in surreptitious behaviour.
* gunboat diplomacy
* mortar barge
* patrol boat
* torpedo boat
From (etyl) cunning, kunning, konnyng, alteration of earlier (etyl) cunninde, kunnende, cunnand, from (etyl) cunnende, present participle of . More at (l), (l).
Sly; crafty; clever in surreptitious behaviour.
(obsolete) Skillful, artful.
* Bible, Genesis xxv. 27
- They are resolved to be cunning ; let others run the hazard of being sincere.
* Bible, Exodus xxxviii. 23
- Esau was a cunning hunter.
- a cunning workman
(obsolete) Wrought with, or exibiting, skill or ingenuity; ingenious.
- ''Tis beauty truly blent, whose red and white / Nature's own sweet and cunning hand laid on.
- cunning work
(US, colloquial, rare) Cute, appealing.
- Over them Arachne high did lift / Her cunning web.
- a cunning little boy
* See also
From (etyl) cunning, kunnyng, partially from (etyl) *.
(obsolete) Knowledge; learning; special knowledge (sometimes implying occult or magical knowledge).
Practical knowledge or experience; aptitude in performance; skill, proficiency; dexterity.
* 2005 , .
Practical skill employed in a secret or crafty manner; craft; artifice; skillful deceit.
The disposition to employ one's skill in an artful manner; craftiness; guile; artifice; skill of being cunning, sly, conniving, or deceitful.
The natural wit or instincts of an animal.
- indeed at this very moment he's slipped away with the utmost cunning into a form that's most perplexing to investigate.
- the cunning of the fox or hare