Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

ingenuity

play
noun in·ge·nu·i·ty \ˌin-jə-ˈnü-ə-tē, -ˈnyü-\

Simple Definition of ingenuity

  • : skill or cleverness that allows someone to solve problems, invent things, etc.

  • : a clever device or method

Full Definition of ingenuity

plural in·ge·nu·i·ties

  1. 1 obsolete :  candor, ingenuousness

  2. 2 a :  skill or cleverness in devising or combining :  inventiveness b :  cleverness or aptness of design or contrivance

  3. 3 :  an ingenious device or contrivance

Examples of ingenuity

  1. She showed amazing ingenuity in finding ways to cut costs.

  2. It will take considerable ingenuity to fix these problems.



Circa 1592

First Known Use of ingenuity

circa 1592


INGENUITY Defined for Kids

ingenuity

play
noun in·ge·nu·ity \ˌin-jə-ˈnü-ə-tē, -ˈnyü-\

Definition of ingenuity

plural in·ge·nu·ities

  1. :  skill or cleverness in discovering, inventing, or planning





Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up ingenuity? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

February 5, 2016

bread traditionally eaten on Shabbat

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

image1037863653

Which of the following refers to thin, bending ice, or to the act of running over such ice?

spindrift kittly-benders pince-nez duvet
Name That Thing

10 quick questions: hear them, spell them, and see how your skills compare to the crowd.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ