Part of speech: adjective


Part of speech: adverb


Part of speech: noun


Part of speech:

Crafty; cunning.

Part of speech: adjective

Skilful; ingenious.

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Usage examples "artful":

  1. 1: Of that artful caution, which marks the character of Horace, this Ode forms a striking instance. - "Original sonnets on various subjects; and odes paraphrased from Horace", Anna Seward.
  2. He lay in bed listening, but he did not hear Robin's cough again, and he wondered if the child was already old enough to be what nurses call " artful," whether he had made use of his little affliction to get hold of his providence in the night. - "In the Wilderness", Robert Hichens.
  3. Sometimes she patronized Matilda, as a little country girl; sometimes she admonished her, very unnecessarily, in the same character; sometimes Judy took a tone more offensive still and accused her of artful practices to gain Mrs. Laval's favour. - "Trading", Susan Warner.