• IPA: /ˈɑɹt.lɪs/


  1. Having or displaying no guile, cunning, or deceit.
    • 1749, [John Cleland], “(Please specify the letter or volume)”, in Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure [Fanny Hill], London: Printed [by Thomas Parker] for G. Fenton [i.e., Fenton and Ralph Griffiths] […], OCLC 731622352 ↗:
      And why should I here suppress the delight I received from this amiable creature, in remarking each artless look, each motion of pure undissembled nature, betrayed by his wanton eyes
  2. Free of artificiality; natural.
    This pendant has artless charm.
  3. Lacking art, knowledge, or skill; uncultured and ignorant.
  4. Poorly made or done; crude.
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