- The definition of astute is someone clever.
Someone good at solving difficult puzzles is an example of astute.
Origin of astuteClassical Latin astutus ; from astus, craft, cunning
Origin of astuteLatin astūtus, from astus, craft; see wes-1 in Indo-European roots.
(comparative astuter, superlative astutest)
Latin astūtus, from astus ‘craft’.