[ ahrt-fuh l ]
/ ˈɑrt fəl /


slyly crafty or cunning; deceitful; tricky: artful schemes.
skillful or clever in adapting means to ends; ingenious: an artful choice of metaphors and similes.
done with or characterized by art or skill: artful acting; artful repairs.
Archaic. artificial.

Origin of artful

First recorded in 1605–15; art1 + -ful

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British Dictionary definitions for artful

/ (ˈɑːtfʊl) /


cunning or tricky
skilful in achieving a desired end
archaic characterized by skill or art
archaic artificial

Derived forms of artful

artfully, adverbartfulness, noun
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