Synonyms for (adjective) artful

Synonyms: artful

Definition: marked by skill in achieving a desired end especially with cunning or craft

Usage: the artful dodger; an artful choice of metaphors

Similar words: tricksy, tricky, foxy, knavish, dodgy, crafty, cunning, wily, slick, sly, guileful

Definition: marked by skill in deception

Usage: cunning men often pass for wise; deep political machinations; a foxy scheme; a slick evasive answer; sly as a fox; tricky Dick; a wily old attorney


Similar words: cute, precious

Definition: obviously contrived to charm

Usage: an insufferably precious performance; a child with intolerably cute mannerisms


Similar words: designing, scheming

Definition: concealing crafty designs for advancing your own interest

Usage: a selfish and designing nation obsessed with the dark schemes of European intrigue- W.Churchill; a scheming wife; a scheming gold digger


Similar words: deep

Definition: exhibiting great cunning usually with secrecy

Usage: deep political machinations; a deep plot


Similar words: elusive

Definition: skillful at eluding capture

Usage: a cabal of conspirators, each more elusive than the archterrorist- David Kline


Similar words: manipulative

Definition: skillful in influencing or controlling others to your own advantage

Usage: the early manipulative techniques of a three-year-old child


Similar words: pawky

Definition: cunning and sly

Usage: the pawky rich old lady who incessantly scores off her parasitical descendants- Punch


Synonyms: artful, disingenuous

Definition: not straightforward or candid; giving a false appearance of frankness

Usage: an ambitious, disingenuous, philistine, and hypocritical operator, who...exemplified...the most disagreeable traits of his time- David Cannadine; a disingenuous excuse

Similar words: distorted, perverted, misrepresented, twisted

Definition: having an intended meaning altered or misrepresented

Usage: many of the facts seemed twisted out of any semblance to reality; a perverted translation of the poem