Origin of astuteClassical Latin astutus from astus, craft, cunning
The definition of astute is someone clever.
Someone good at solving difficult puzzles is an example of astute.
Having or showing shrewdness and discernment, especially with respect to one's own concerns. See Synonyms at shrewd.
Origin of astuteLatin astūtus from astus craft ; see wes-1 in Indo-European roots.
(comparative astuter, superlative astutest)
Latin astūtus, from astus ‘craft’.
- He was astute in business matters.
- An exceptionally astute businessman, John Parker, said he has my name and address.
- He was an astute businessman who easily could turn a profit.
- These are astute observations.
- They were astute observers of the twentieth century world scene.