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 cleverly
Hooters is cleverly asking me to “Give a Hoot” about breast cancer.The Misogynistic Companies Jumping On The Breast Cancer Bandwagon|Emily Shire|October 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Eschliman also cleverly referred to non-heterosexuals as "the LGBTQXYZ crowd."Fringe Factor: 'Gaystapo' Claims Its Latest 'Victim'|Olivia Nuzzi|July 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Aronofsky's extrapolations are cleverly calibrated to "answer" all the questions left unanswered in the original story.‘Noah’ Review: An Ambitious, Flawed Biblical Tale That You Have to See|Andrew Romano|March 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He cleverly defended fundraising efforts on behalf of the Greek military in Britain as a matter of free enterprise.Poet and Rake, Lord Byron Was Also an Interventionist With Brains and Savvy|Michael Weiss|February 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
When Soviet dissidents came to the West, they cleverly defied their old masters.
A cleverly written description of a young English officer's internment as a prisoner of war in Germany.A Kut Prisoner|H. C. W. Bishop
He was carried prisoner to Plymouth, whence he had cleverly escaped one night by scaling a wall and putting off in a little boat.Humphrey Bold|Herbert Strang
Clinton's descent had been cleverly managed, out of Washington's sight.The Campaign of Trenton 1776-77|Samuel Adams Drake
"We didn't think they'd fight," she said, cleverly dodging the larger implications of the discussion.Seeing Things at Night|Heywood Broun
His plan may be cleverly devised to surmount difficulties of structure and material; it will not be inspired.Since Czanne|Clive Bell
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.