Definition of clever
cleverishplay \-v(ə-)rish\ adjective
cleverlyplay \-vər-lē\ adverb
clevernessplay \-vər-nəs\ noun
Examples of clever in a sentence
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
… the three of them may give Gray Davis, who was too clever for his own good, his comeuppance. —Garrison Keillor, Time, 25 Aug. 2003
Some thought he had no redeeming value whatsoever. A sociopath. A clever manipulator … —Louise Erdrich, New Yorker, 2 Dec. 2002
Those who can't write poetry, write clever letters to the editor. Those who can't write clever letters to the editor, write angry letters to the editor. —Matt Groening, Utne Reader, November/December 1987
The old lady was clever enough and he thought that if she had started from any of the right premises, more might have been expected of her. —Flannery O'Connor, Everything That Rises Must Converge, 1967
Some cats are clever enough to figure out how to operate doorknobs.
That's the cleverest idea I've heard yet!
She found a clever hiding place for the letter.
Origin and Etymology of clever
Middle English cliver, perhaps of Scandinavian origin; akin to Danish dialect kløver alert, skillful
First Known Use: circa 1595
Synonym Discussion of clever
synonyms see in addition intelligent
CLEVER Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of clever for English Language Learners
: intelligent and able to learn things quickly
: showing intelligent thinking
: funny in a way that shows intelligence
CLEVER Defined for Kids
Definition of clever for Students
1 : having a quick inventive mind a clever designer
2 : showing intelligence, wit, or imagination a clever joke a clever idea
3 : showing skill in using the hands He was very strong and clever with his knife … — Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden
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