adjective, clev·er·er, clev·er·est.
- cleveland bay,
- cleveland heights,
- cleveland, grover,
- cleveland, john,
- clever dick,
Origin of clever
Examples from the Web for cleverer
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.
They are cleverer than us and more powerful than us; and we have to submit to their discipline.Your United States|Arnold Bennett
A proposal for a Land Conference had been made, and cleverer men than he were but talking the life out of it.The Cutting of an Agate|William Butler Yeats
He was dumbly exasperated, the more so perhaps in that he divined that to one cleverer than he no obstacle would exist.A Transient Guest|Edgar Saltus
I am more beautiful than my rival; ought I not also to be more skilled,—cleverer?A Noble Name|Claire Von Glmer
"I'm glad it is you who have come—principally because you are cleverer than Cecilia," she said brusquely.Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1904|Lucy Maud Montgomery
Word Origin for clever
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.