clever

[ klev-er ]
/ ˈklɛv ər /

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.
Older Use.
  1. suitable; convenient; satisfactory.
  2. good-natured.
  3. handsome.
  4. in good health.

Nearby words

  1. cleveland,
  2. cleveland bay,
  3. cleveland heights,
  4. cleveland, grover,
  5. cleveland, john,
  6. clever dick,
  7. clever-clever,
  8. cleverly,
  9. cleves,
  10. clevis

Origin of clever

1175–1225; Middle English cliver, akin to Old English clifer claw, clife burdock. See cleavers

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British Dictionary definitions for cleverly

clever

/ (ˈklɛvə) /

adjective

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 Formscleverish, adjectivecleverly, adverbcleverness, noun

Word Origin for clever

C13 cliver (in the sense: quick to seize, adroit), of uncertain origin

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Word Origin and History for cleverly

clever

adj.
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