un artful

artful

[ahrt-fuhl]
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.
3.
done with or characterized by art or skill: artful acting; artful repairs.
4.
Archaic. artificial.

Origin:
1605–15; art1 + -ful

artfully, adverb
artfulness, noun
unartful, adjective
unartfully, adverb
unartfulness, noun
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To un artful
Collins
World English Dictionary
artful (ˈɑːtfʊl)
 
adj
1.  cunning or tricky
2.  skilful in achieving a desired end
3.  archaic characterized by skill or art
4.  archaic artificial
 
'artfully
 
adv
 
'artfulness
 
n

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Etymonline
Word Origin & History

artful
"skilled in adapting means to ends," 1739, from art (n.) + -ful.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature
FAVORITES
RECENT

;