[ uh-stoot, uh-styoot ]
/ əˈstut, əˈstyut /


of keen penetration or discernment; sagacious: an astute analysis.
clever; cunning; ingenious; shrewd: an astute merchandising program; an astute manipulation of facts.

Nearby words

  1. astroturf,
  2. astroturfing,
  3. asturian,
  4. asturias,
  5. asturias, miguel ángel,
  6. astutely,
  7. astyanax,
  8. astylar,
  9. asu,
  10. asunción

Origin of astute

1605–15; < Latin astūtus shrewd, sly, cunning, equivalent to astū- (stem of astus) cleverness + -tus adj. suffix

Related formsas·tute·ly, adverbas·tute·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for astute


/ (əˈstjuːt) /


having insight or acumen; perceptive; shrewd
Derived Formsastutely, adverbastuteness, noun

Word Origin for astute

C17: from Latin astūtus cunning, from astus (n) cleverness

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Word Origin and History for astute



1610s, from Latin astutus "crafty, wary, shrewd; sagacious, expert," from astus "cunning, cleverness, adroitness," of uncertain origin, perhaps from Greek asty "town," a word borrowed into Latin and with an overtone of "city sophistication" (cf. asteism). Related: Astutely; astuteness.

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