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scheming (ˈskiːmɪŋ Pronunciation for scheming



  1. given to making plots; cunning


  1. intrigues

Derived Forms

ˈschemingly adverb

scheme (skiːm Pronunciation for scheme



  1. a systematic plan for a course of action
  2. a systematic arrangement of correlated parts; system
  3. a secret plot
  4. a visionary or unrealizable project
  5. a chart, diagram, or outline
  6. an astrological diagram giving the aspects of celestial bodies at a particular time
  7. (mainly British) a plan formally adopted by a commercial enterprise or governmental body, as for pensions, etc
  8. (mainly Scottish) an area of housing that is laid out esp by a local authority; estate


  1. (transitive) to devise a system for
  2. to form intrigues (for) in an underhand manner

Derived Forms

ˈschemer noun

Word Origin

C16: from Latin schema, from Greek skhēma form

Quotations including 'scheming'

  • "The best laid schemes o' mice an' menGang aft a-gley" [Robert Burns

Example Sentences Including 'scheming'

13 A fortified `o" suggests secrecy where facts are purposefully concealed and could signify insincerity, deceit, and scheming.
Cameron, Ellen An Introduction to Graphology
All such scheming could go awry if Sonia Gandhi finally decides to take the plunge into politics.
Business Today (1996)
Austen's scheming , social-climbing antagonist is transformed into the less malevolent Tai (Brittany Murphy).
Courier, Sunday Mail (2005)
Don't be taken in by his charm, because underneath that facade he's the most scheming , cold-hearted son-of-a-bitch I've ever known.
MacNeill, Alastair The Devil's Door
He was charged with first-degree grand larceny, violating the state's general business law, and with scheming to defraud.
canada.com (2004)
Her personality was by no means at odds with the idea of a scheming woman.
Kallen, Lucille C B Greenfield - A Little Madness
No doubt the evil fool was plotting something, then, lurking in his own territory and scheming no good.
Kerr, Katharine A Time of War


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