artful

  • 1 Artful — Art ful, a. [From {Art}.] 1. Performed with, or characterized by, art or skill. [Archaic] Artful strains. Artful terms. Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. Artificial; imitative. Addison. [1913 Webster] 3. Using or exhibiting much art, skill, or… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 artful — [ärt′fəl] adj. 1. skillful or clever, esp. in achieving a purpose 2. sly or cunning; crafty [an artful swindle] 3. done with, using, or showing much art or skill 4. artificial; imitative artfully adv. artfulness n …

    English World dictionary

  • 3 artful — I adjective able, acute, adept, adroit, apt, artistic, astute, astutus, aware, calculating, callidus, canny, capable, characterized by art, clever, contriving, crafty, cunning, deft, devious, dexterous, done with skill, experienced, facile,… …

    Law dictionary

  • 4 artful — (adj.) 1610s, learned, well versed in the (liberal) arts, also characterized by technical skill, from ART (Cf. art) (n.) + FUL (Cf. ful). Meaning skilled in adapting means to ends is from 1739. Related: Artfully; artfulness …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 5 artful — wily, guileful, crafty, cunning, tricky, *sly, foxy, insidious Analogous words: adroit, *dexterous: politic, diplomatic, smooth, *suave Antonyms: artless Contrasted words: simple, *natural, ingenuous, unsophisticated, naive: candid, open, * …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 6 artful — [adj] skillful; cunning adept, adroit, clever, crafty, designing, dexterous, foxy*, ingenious, masterly, politic, proficient, resourceful, scheming, sharp, shrewd, slick*, sly, smart, smooth*, tricky, wily; concepts 404,528 Ant. artless,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 7 artful — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ cunningly clever. DERIVATIVES artfully adverb artfulness noun …

    English terms dictionary

  • 8 artful — [[t]ɑ͟ː(r)tfʊl[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n If you describe someone as artful, you mean that they are clever and skilful at achieving what they want, especially by deceiving people. ...the smiles and artifices of a subtle artful woman... Some… …

    English dictionary

  • 9 artful — adjective Date: 1609 1. performed with or showing art or skill < an artful performance on the violin > 2. a. using or characterized by art and skill ; dexterous < an artful prose stylist > b. adroit in attaining an end …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 10 artful — artfully, adv. artfulness, n. /ahrt feuhl/, adj. 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… …

    Universalium

  • 11 artful — art|ful [ˈa:tfəl US ˈa:rt ] adj 1.) clever at deceiving people = ↑cunning ▪ artful tricks 2.) designed or done in a clever and attractive way ▪ artful photographs >artfully adj ▪ artfully concealed pockets >artfulness n …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 12 artful — art|ful [ artfl ] adjective 1. ) skilled at achieving an effect or getting something from people, especially in a dishonest way: an artful evasion of responsibility 2. ) done using art or skill: an artful performance/photograph ╾ art|ful|ly… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 13 artful — adjective 1) artful politicians Syn: sly, crafty, cunning, wily, scheming, devious, Machiavellian, sneaky, tricky, conniving, designing, calculating; canny, shrewd; deceitful, duplicitous, disingenuous …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 14 artful — UK [ˈɑː(r)tf(ə)l] / US [ˈɑrtf(ə)l] adjective 1) skilled at achieving an effect or getting something from people, especially in a dishonest way an artful evasion of responsibility 2) done using art or skill an artful performance/photograph Derived …

    English dictionary

  • 15 artful — adjective clever at deceiving people: He s an artful little devil and always gets what he wants. artfully adjective: artfully concealed pockets artfulness noun (U) …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 16 artful — /ˈatfəl / (say ahtfuhl) adjective 1. crafty; cunning; tricky: artful schemes. 2. skilful in adapting means to ends; ingenious. –artfully, adverb …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 17 artful — adjective /ˈɑːɹt.fʊl/ a) Performed with, or characterized by, art or skill. b) Artificial; imitative …

    Wiktionary

  • 18 artful — Synonyms and related words: Byzantine, Machiavellian, Machiavellic, acute, adroit, ambidextrous, arch, astute, cagey, calculating, canny, chiseling, clever, collusive, covinous, crafty, crooked, cunning, cute, deceitful, deep, deep laid,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 19 artful — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) adj. crafty, wily. See cunning, skill. Ant., slow witted, artless. II (Roget s IV) modif. 1. [Crafty] Syn. shrewd, cunning, wily; see intelligent 1 , sly 1 . 2. [Skillful] Syn. clever, adroit, ingenious; …

    English dictionary for students

  • 20 artful — art·ful || ɑːtfÊŠl adj. shrewd, clever; sly, wily; deceitful; skillful …

    English contemporary dictionary