adjective clev·er \ˈkle-vər\

: intelligent and able to learn things quickly

: showing intelligent thinking

: funny in a way that shows intelligence

Full Definition of CLEVER

a :  skillful or adroit in using the hands or body :  nimble <clever fingers>
b :  mentally quick and resourceful <a clever young lawyer>
:  marked by wit or ingenuity <a clever solution> <a clever idea>
a :  good
b :  easy to use or handle
clev·er·ish \-v(ə-)rish\ adjective
clev·er·ly \-vər-lē\ adverb
clev·er·ness \-vər-nəs\ noun

Examples of CLEVER

  1. All of Laptsev went to stare at the bride-to-be—she was no beauty, but everyone could see that she was clever, sophisticated … —Isaac Bashevis Singer, New Yorker, 29 Sept. 2003

Origin of CLEVER

Middle English cliver, perhaps of Scandinavian origin; akin to Dan dialect kløver alert, skillful
First Known Use: circa 1595

Synonym Discussion of CLEVER

clever, adroit, cunning, ingenious mean having or showing practical wit or skill in contriving. clever stresses physical or mental quickness, deftness, or great aptitude <a person clever with horses>. adroit often implies a skillful use of expedients to achieve one's purpose in spite of difficulties <an adroit negotiator>. cunning implies great skill in constructing or creating <a filmmaker cunning in his use of special effects>. ingenious suggests the power of inventing or discovering a new way of accomplishing something <an ingenious software engineer>.
synonyms see in addition intelligent

Rhymes with CLEVER

CLEVER Defined for Kids


adjective clev·er \ˈkle-vər\

Definition of CLEVER for Kids

:  having a quick inventive mind <a clever designer>
:  showing intelligence, wit, or imagination <a clever joke> <a clever idea>
:  showing skill in using the hands <He was very strong and clever with his knife … — Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden>
clev·er·ly adverb
clev·er·ness noun


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