People will look at you, and know you are virtuous, and clever, and true of heart.
Inside, the speeches were almost too clever by half, as if the grand auditions for Oscar voters were in full affect.
He built a new ideal Jew, a type that blended the clever Talmudist with the fighting Hebrew speaker.
clever Indians may decide to stay home and devote their talents to resolving the pressing problems of India.
“You become curious about people who tweet in a funny or clever way,” he says.
Perhaps our clever friend Ingleborough can tell you where to look.
"clever," said Sir Stanley, putting his finger-tips together.
And her eyes added wistfully, "It isn't my fault that I am not so clever."
Asbury came to be known as a clever fellow, and his business grew.
Old Saillard would say, innocently, "Isn't she clever, that Elisabeth of mine?"
1580s, "handy, dexterous," apparently from East Anglian dialectal cliver "expert at seizing," perhaps from East Frisian klüfer "skillful," or Norwegian dialectic klover "ready, skillful," and perhaps influenced by Old English clifer "claw, hand" (early usages seem to refer to dexterity). Or perhaps akin to Old Norse kleyfr "easy to split" and from a root related to cleave "to split." Extension to intellect is first recorded 1704.
This is a low word, scarcely ever used but in burlesque or conversation; and applied to any thing a man likes, without a settled meaning. [Johnson, 1755]The meaning has narrowed since, but clever also often in old use and dialect meant "well-shaped, attractive-looking" and in 19c. American English sometimes "good-natured, agreeable." Related: Cleverly; cleverness.