artful

[ ahrt-fuhl ]
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adjective
  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.

  1. done with or characterized by art or skill: artful acting; artful repairs.

  2. Archaic. artificial.

Origin of artful

1
First recorded in 1605–15; art1 + -ful

Other words from artful

  • 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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British Dictionary definitions for artful

artful

/ (ˈɑːtfʊl) /


adjective
  1. cunning or tricky

  2. skilful in achieving a desired end

  1. archaic characterized by skill or art

  2. archaic artificial

Derived forms of artful

  • artfully, adverb
  • artfulness, noun

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