Definitions

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  • adv. In an artless manner.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. In an artless manner; without art, skill, or guile; unaffectedly.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In an artless manner.
  • Without art or skill.
  • Without guile; naturally; sincerely; unaffectedly.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. in a crude and unskilled manner
  • adv. in an ingenuous manner

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Examples

  • "Come away, Sandy," he called artlessly, "and gee her a bit.

    The End of the Rainbow

  • Baton in his right hand, left arm waving almost artlessly, his body language gives no hint of the scale, force or mood of the score under consideration.

    Lucerne Festival Orchestra; Xerxes; La bohème – review

  • "I went to look at the wild flowers," he explained artlessly.

    Far From the Hamptons

  • When others artlessly proclaim what cities should be doing to improve their streets and buildings, Frug reminds us it is not necessarily people living in the cities who determine the urban conditions.

    Todd Reisz: Making Sense of the City

  • From his early emergence as a 16-year-old prodigy at Everton it has been tempting to cast him as something of a throwback, a kind of man-child force of nature, a Croxteth foundling born to charge and chase and, in between, mumble winningly but artlessly.

    Wayne's new world

  • Salman Rushdie can sometimes be a smidgen pompous, but Mayo, with his artlessly straightforward questions, managed to cajole the best out of him.

    A History of the World in 100 Objects; Gabby Logan; Simon Mayo Drivetime

  • "They'll chase it down and kill it," Mr. Heim said artlessly.

    Fashion Week, Westminster Style

  • When you so artlessly and shamelessly attack unions, you are going to tick people off.

    Actor returns to Wisconsin to support protesters

  • Odets gives her many of the play's best lines, as when she artlessly confesses: Do you know something?

    Rocket to the Moon revived

  • It took me about 10 minutes, passing cars on the left and right, threading the needle on the Taconic's hairpin turns, until I finally was parallel with the driver loitering in the passing lane, this face of evil, of course chatting away with his car full of passengers as artlessly, and ignorant of the risks he was causing us "A" types to take, as if he was hanging out at his local tavern.

    Menaces of the Left Lane

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