And he makes me think, well, this is one of the ways in which conservatives are cleverer and more cunning than liberals.
He was cleverer than most everyone else, but he envied the carefree affluence of the rich and fatuous.
He never was clever—even I was cleverer than he was; and Carry, of course, was always ever so far above us both.
"Egotism is a conviction that we are better and cleverer than any one else," I replied.
cleverer fellows than Billy are puzzled to do that sometimes.
If you had been cleverer perhaps he wouldn't have gone astray!
But the girls gesture was cleverer than he knew for in that brief moment she had satisfied herself it was empty.
I loved him because he was handsomer, cleverer and smarter than any other boy.
But I am a just man even to my enemy, and I will acknowledge beforehand that they are cleverer brains than I thought them.
“And the cleverer they are, the sooner they come, I suppose,” said Bertha.
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.