- characterized by cleverness or originality of invention or construction: an ingenious machine.
- cleverly inventive or resourceful: an ingenious press agent.
- intelligent; showing genius.
Origin of ingenious
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Examples from the Web for ingenious
In ways large and small, devious and immature, ingenious and inspiring, she struggled to escape.The Day the Fairytale Died
July 12, 2014
Mimicry is an ingenious survival technique, albeit one that is of little use against bulldozers and chainsaws.Exploring the Amazon, While We Still Can
May 15, 2014
We came up with an ingenious plan that would light a fire in the belly of the digital revolution.Sandi Thom On How To Make It As A Female Rock Star
April 9, 2014
If Looking is right, "We're as boring as you" could be the new—at once ingenious and depressing—equality battle cry.Yes, ‘Looking’ Is Boring. It’s the Drama Gays Deserve.
January 24, 2014
What I saw was a careful and ingenious reporter ferret out a fraud with care.Pressuring Journalists Won’t Protect Transgender People
January 22, 2014
He produced the model of an ingenious contrivance for grinding corn.Biographical Sketches
The satire was not very brilliant or ingenious; but its meaning was clear.De Libris: Prose and Verse
An ingenious substitute for the chain and whip of the slave-driver.
An ingenious instrument which indicates what kind of weather we are having.
They used every device of ingenious minds to push the siege.The Rock of Chickamauga
Joseph A. Altsheler
- possessing or done with ingenuity; skilful or clever
- obsolete having great intelligence; displaying genius
Word Origin and History for ingenious
early 15c., "intellectual, talented," from Middle French ingénieux "clever, ingenious" (Old French engeignos), from Latin ingeniosus "of good capacity, full of intellect; clever, gifted with genius," from ingenium "innate qualities, ability," literally "that which is inborn," from in- "in" (see in- (2)) + gignere, from PIE *gen- "produce" (see genus). Sense of "skillful, clever at contrivance" first recorded 1540s. In a sense of "crafty, clever, skillful" Middle English had enginous (mid-14c.), from Old French engeignos. Related: Ingeniously; ingeniousness.