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.
- clev·er·ish, adjective
- clev·er·ish·ly, adverb
- clev·er·ly, adverb
- clev·er·ness, noun
- o·ver·clev·er, adjective
- o·ver·clev·er·ly, adverb
- o·ver·clev·er·ness, noun
- un·clev·er, adjective
- un·clev·er·ly, adverb
- un·clev·er·ness, noun
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How to use clever in a sentence
That’s because the cloud is a clever choreographer, who makes her most important curtain call late at night.The Self-Driving Car Is a Red Herring - Issue 92: Frontiers | Anthony Townsend | October 21, 2020 | Nautilus
Humans in ancient times lacked smartphones and spaceflight, but we know from studying philosophers such as Buddha and Aristotle that they were just as clever.When Did We Become Fully Human? What Fossils and DNA Tell Us About the Evolution of Modern Intelligence | Nick Longrich | October 18, 2020 | Singularity Hub
While backlinking still helps with Bing SEO, clever and contextual keyword utilization is much more relevant.Five excellent tips to optimize SEO for Bing – not Google | Justin Staples | October 16, 2020 | Search Engine Watch
There’s also the clever workaround to long sought for rainbow crosswalks, appearing in cities across America but blocked here by federal highway officials.
The game also employs some clever physics, with game action impacting speed and steering.
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 | THE 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 | THE DAILY BEAST
We are sending them into a highly charged and complex situation which is being cleverly manipulated by Moscow.
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 | THE 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 | THE DAILY BEAST
The wave-like movement of these animals is particularly graceful and cleverly done.Women in the fine arts, from the Seventh Century B.C. to the Twentieth Century A.D. | Clara Erskine Clement
Cleverly though they manipulate, cleanliness is not their besetting weakness.Tobacco; Its History, Varieties, Culture, Manufacture and Commerce | E. R. Billings.
Very carefully and cleverly she began to whiten her face, to touch up her eyes and her narrow, definite eyebrows.Bella Donna | Robert Hichens
I might have put him on a false scent, just as cleverly and unsuspiciously as I dare say he could put me; but I've not done it.Elster's Folly | Mrs. Henry Wood
However cleverly the pill was gilded, the Marshal knew that it was the Emperor's distrust which had lost him the command.Napoleon's Marshals | R. P. Dunn-Pattison
British Dictionary definitions for clever
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
- cleverish, adjective
- cleverly, adverb
- cleverness, noun
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