Definition of clever
- a clever young lawyer
- a clever solution
- a clever idea
- the play's clever dialogue
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.
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First Known Use: circa 1595See Words from the same year
synonyms see in addition intelligent
: intelligent and able to learn things quickly
: showing intelligent thinking
: funny in a way that shows intelligence
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of yeast or being unsettled or frivolous
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