Meaning

Primary

Devious

Alternatives

Cunning, Crafty, Wily

Word Type

い adjective

Explanation

Someone who is bad but also clever (賢い) is someone who is using their cleverness for evil. When you refer to clever evil people, usually you describe them not as "clever" but as devious, cunning, or other things.

Reading

わるがしこい
Kyoko
(Tokyo accent, female)
Kenichi
(Tokyo accent, male)

Explanation

The reading is 悪い and 賢い combined together into one word. Be careful of the rendaku.

Context

Context Sentences

あいつは悪賢い男で、猫かぶりが大のお得意なんだ。

He’s such a cunning guy and he’s very good at feigning innocence too.

Kanji Composition