- The definition of astute is someone clever.
Someone good at solving difficult puzzles is an example of astute.
Origin: Classical Latin astutus ; from astus, craft, cunning
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Origin: Latin astūtus, from astus, craft; see wes-1 in Indo-European roots.
- as·tuteˈly adverb
- as·tuteˈness noun