Gunboat vs Cunning - What's the difference?

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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

English

Noun

(wikipedia gunboat) (en noun)
  • (nautical) Any of various types of small armed vessel
  • Derived terms

    * gunboat diplomacy

    See also

    * cutter * monitor * mortar barge * patrol boat * torpedo boat

    Anagrams

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    cunning

    English

    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) cunning, kunning, konnyng, alteration of earlier (etyl) cunninde, kunnende, cunnand, from (etyl) cunnende, present participle of . More at (l), (l).

    Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • Sly; crafty; clever in surreptitious behaviour.
  • * South
  • They are resolved to be cunning ; let others run the hazard of being sincere.
  • (obsolete) Skillful, artful.
  • * Bible, Genesis xxv. 27
  • Esau was a cunning hunter.
  • * Bible, Exodus xxxviii. 23
  • a cunning workman
  • * Shakespeare
  • ''Tis beauty truly blent, whose red and white / Nature's own sweet and cunning hand laid on.
  • (obsolete) Wrought with, or exibiting, skill or ingenuity; ingenious.
  • cunning work
  • * Spenser
  • Over them Arachne high did lift / Her cunning web.
  • (US, colloquial, rare) Cute, appealing.
  • a cunning little boy
    (Bartlett)
    Synonyms
    * See also

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) cunning, kunnyng, partially from (etyl) *.

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • (obsolete) Knowledge; learning; special knowledge (sometimes implying occult or magical knowledge).
  • Practical knowledge or experience; aptitude in performance; skill, proficiency; dexterity.
  • * 2005 , .
  • indeed at this very moment he's slipped away with the utmost cunning into a form that's most perplexing to investigate.
  • 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.
  • the cunning of the fox or hare
    Synonyms
    * (l) * (l) * (l)