cunning

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  • From Middle English cunning, kunning, konnyng, alteration of earlier Middle English cunninde, kunnende, cunnand, from Old English cunnende, present participle of cunnan, equivalent to con + -ing. Cognate with Scots cunnand ("cunning"), German k├Ânnend ("able to do"), Icelandic kunnandi ("cunning"). More at con, can.
  • From Middle English cunning, kunnyng, partially from Old English *cunning, from Old English cunnan; partially from Old English cunnung, from cunnian, equivalent to con + -ing.

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