[ ahrt-lis ]
/ ˈɑrt lɪs /


free from deceit, cunning, or craftiness; ingenuous: an artless child.
not artificial; natural; simple; uncontrived: artless beauty; artless charm.
lacking art, knowledge, or skill.
poorly made; inartistic; clumsy; crude: an artless translation.

Origin of artless

First recorded in 1580–90; art1 + -less

Related forms

art·less·ly, adverbart·less·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for artless


/ (ˈɑːtlɪs) /


free from deceit, guile, or artfulness; ingenuousan artless remark
natural, without artifice; unpretentiousartless elegance
without art or skill

Derived Forms

artlessly, adverbartlessness, noun
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