from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Playful or michievous.
  • adjective Devious or deceptive.
  • adjective Requiring care or skill; tricky.
  • adjective Artfully decorated or done.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Trickish; cunning; adroit; artful; crafty.
  • Deceptive; fallacious; illusive: illusory.
  • Playful; sportive; mischievous.
  • Trim; dainty; neat; spruce.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Exhibiting artfulness; trickish.

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  • adjective Inclined to trickery; sneaky, devious.

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  • adjective marked by skill in deception


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