[syn: artless, uncultivated, uncultured]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Artless \Art"less\, a.
1. Wanting art, knowledge, or skill; ignorant; unskillful.
Artless of stars and of the moving sand. --Dryden.
2. Contrived without skill or art; inartistic. [R.]
Artless and massy pillars. --T. Warton.
3. Free from guile, art, craft, or stratagem; characterized
by simplicity and sincerity; sincere; guileless;
ingenuous; honest; as, an artless mind; an artless tale.
They were plain, artless men, without the least
appearance of enthusiasm or credulity about them.
O, how unlike the complex works of man,
Heaven's easy, artless, unencumbered plan! --Cowper.
Syn: Simple; unaffected; sincere; undesigning; guileless;
unsophisticated; open; frank; candid.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: characterized by an inability to mask your feelings; not
devious; "an ingenuous admission of responsibility" [syn:
ingenuous, artless] [ant: artful, disingenuous]
2: simple and natural; without cunning or deceit; "an artless
manner"; "artless elegance" [ant: artful]
3: showing lack of art; "an artless translation"
4: (of persons) lacking art or knowledge [syn: artless,
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
114 Moby Thesaurus words for "artless":
aboveboard, arty, awkward, befoolable, big, bluff, blunt,
born yesterday, broad, brusque, bungling, candid, childlike,
clumsy, confiding, crude, direct, downright, explicit, foolable,
forthright, frank, frankhearted, free, free-speaking, free-spoken,
free-tongued, genuine, green, guileless, gullible, half-assed,
heart-to-heart, high-sounding, honest, humble, imposing,
in the raw, inadept, inapt, inartificial, inattentive, incompetent,
inefficient, inept, inexperienced, inexpert, ingenu, ingenuous,
innocent, mediocre, naive, native, natural, on the level, open,
openhearted, ordinary, outspoken, overblown, pedestrian, plain,
plain-spoken, poor, primitive, pristine, relaxed, round, simple,
simplehearted, simpleminded, sincere, single-hearted,
single-minded, skill-less, straight, straight-out, straightforward,
thoughtless, transparent, true, trustful, trusting, unaffected,
unapt, unartificial, unassuming, unchecked, uncomplicated,
unconstrained, undeceptive, undeft, undexterous, undextrous,
unequivocal, unfacile, unguarded, unintelligent, unpretentious,
unproficient, unreserved, unrestrained, unschooled, unskilled,
unskillful, unsophisticated, unstudied, unsullied, unsuspicious,
untalented, untouched, unwary, virgin, virginal