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[ ahrt-fuhl ]


  1. slyly crafty or cunning; deceitful; tricky:

    artful schemes.

  2. skillful or clever in adapting means to ends; ingenious:

    an artful choice of metaphors and similes.

  3. done with or characterized by art or skill:

    artful acting; artful repairs.

  4. Archaic. artificial.


/ ˈɑːtfʊl /


  1. cunning or tricky
  2. skilful in achieving a desired end
  3. archaic.
    characterized by skill or art
  4. archaic.

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Derived Forms

  • ˈartfulness, noun
  • ˈartfully, adverb

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Other Words From

  • artful·ly adverb
  • artful·ness noun
  • un·artful adjective
  • un·artful·ly adverb
  • un·artful·ness noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of artful1

First recorded in 1605–15; art 1 + -ful

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Example Sentences

Of course, the incendiary vulgarity of the past four years set the bar so low that anything more than a monster truck exhibition might have seemed artful.

Alabama advances to the national title game with an artful offensive performanceTo that small list of the rare cities and towns that wind up sending sons to the lectern at the Heisman Trophy presentation, do add Amite, which carries a distinction.

The trendy practice of not cutting back the remnant top growth of certain grasses and perennials at season’s end is one I favor, though a little grooming will make the scene more artful and less scruffy.

In the video, the campaign uses another artful clip to back up the claim that Warnock “celebrated anti-American hatred.”

Instead of dropping a slab and a knife on a plate and calling it a day, opt to mold that delicious spread into artful rounds.

Free from strict rules, Japanese distillers are making innovative, artful concoctions.

He was as striking in person as he is on screen—thin, white v-neck t-shirt, two-day scruff, artful bedhead.

All this artful excess seems intended to disorient and disinhibit guests descending from the busy theater district above.

With her artful fusion of fact and fiction, Phillips pulls off a rare sense of lightness and grace at the end of the novel.

For this ensemble, Britney matched silky black pants with an artful, geometric corset.

The culture of expression is a very different thing from the artful imitation of the signs of feeling and purpose.

Tommy Chitling hasnt won the point, and I went partners with him against the Artful and dum.

Even the roofs of the houses bristle with pigeon-lofts and artful-looking structures for the capture of wandering birds.

They stood convicted of ignorance, to which all his artful and subtle questions tended, and which it was his aim to prove.

It is so quaint and airy, simple, artful, and eloquent to the heart—but I seek words in vain.


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