[ klev-er ]
/ ˈklɛv ər /
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adjective, clev·er·er, clev·er·est.
mentally bright; having sharp or quick intelligence; able.
superficially skillful, witty, or original in character or construction; facile: It was an amusing, clever play, but of no lasting value.
showing inventiveness or originality; ingenious: His clever device was the first to solve the problem.
adroit with the hands or body; dexterous or nimble.
- suitable; convenient; satisfactory.
- in good health.
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Origin of clever
1175–1225; Middle English cliver, akin to Old English clifer claw, clife burdock. See cleavers
OTHER WORDS FROM clever
clev·er·ish, adjectiveclev·er·ish·ly, adverbclev·er·ly, adverbclev·er·ness, noun
o·ver·clev·er, adjectiveo·ver·clev·er·ly, adverbo·ver·clev·er·ness, nounun·clev·er, adjectiveun·clev·er·ly, adverbun·clev·er·ness, noun
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How to use clever in a sentence
She was voted “the wittiest, cleverest, and most distinctive” student in her year.Wonder Woman’s Creation Story Is Wilder Than You Could Ever Imagine|Tom Arnold-Forster|November 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
They say you are the cleverest of any man in this vicinity with a weapon.The Range Boss|Charles Alden Seltzer
The cleverest surgeon is he who can perform the biggest operation in the shortest time.How to Succeed as an Inventor|Goodwin B. Smith
They could easily teach the Greeks, the cleverest people in Europe, who are very skilful in the matter.The Flying Horseman|Gustave Aimard
Dora's plighted lover honestly thought Dora's undeclared lover the cleverest and most delightful of men.The Man Between|Amelia E. Barr
Then all she had to do was to come back and send a picture postcard to her brother Johann, one of the cleverest spies in Europe.The Riddle of the Mysterious Light|Mary E. Hanshew
British Dictionary definitions for clever
/ (ˈklɛvə) /
displaying sharp intelligence or mental alertness
adroit or dexterous, esp with the hands
smart in a superficial way
British informal sly; cunning
(predicative; used with a negative) dialect healthy; fit
Derived forms of clevercleverish, adjectivecleverly, adverbcleverness, noun
Word Origin for clever
C13 cliver (in the sense: quick to seize, adroit), of uncertain origin
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