artful


art·ful

adjective \ˈärt-fəl\

: done with or showing artistic skill

: good at getting or achieving things in ways that are clever and not noticeable : used to get or achieve things in ways that are clever and not noticeable

Full Definition of ARTFUL

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 usually by insinuating or indirect means :  wily <an artful cross-examiner>
3
:  artificial <trim walks and artful bowers — William Wordsworth>
art·ful·ly \-fə-lē\ adverb
art·ful·ness noun

Examples of ARTFUL

  1. <the artful lawyer got the witness to admit he had been lying>
  2. <that kitchen gadget is an artful tool for extracting cherry pits>

First Known Use of ARTFUL

1609

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