- intelligent; showing genius.
- ingelow, jean,
Origin of ingenious
Examples from the Web for ingenious
In ways large and small, devious and immature, ingenious and inspiring, she struggled to escape.
Mimicry is an ingenious survival technique, albeit one that is of little use against bulldozers and chainsaws.
We came up with an ingenious plan that would light a fire in the belly of the digital revolution.Sandi Thom On How To Make It As A Female Rock Star|Sandi Thom|April 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
If Looking is right, "We're as boring as you" could be the new—at once ingenious and depressing—equality battle cry.Yes, ‘Looking’ Is Boring. It’s the Drama Gays Deserve.|Tim Teeman|January 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
What I saw was a careful and ingenious reporter ferret out a fraud with care.Pressuring Journalists Won’t Protect Transgender People|James Kirchick|January 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It was an ingenious invention, and one which might be employed to advantage in small churches.Memoirs|Charles Godfrey Leland
Duperré was certainly nothing if not ingenious and his sang-froid had saved us all from terms of imprisonment.The Golden Face|William Le Queux
The press used by the Indians is a simple and most ingenious contrivance.A Voyage round the World|W.H.G. Kingston
My process is so ingenious and so simple that I fear lest, if I revealed it, every criminal should be inspired by it.813|Maurice Leblanc
Almost all the great inventions and the ingenious application of principles have many claimants for the honor of priority.The Complete Essays of C. D. Warner|Charles Dudley Warner
Word Origin for ingenious
early 15c., "intellectual, talented," from Middle French ingénieux "clever, ingenious" (Old French engeignos), from Latin ingeniosus "of good capacity, full of intellect; clever, gifted with genius," from ingenium "innate qualities, ability," literally "that which is inborn," from in- "in" (see in- (2)) + gignere, from PIE *gen- "produce" (see genus). Sense of "skillful, clever at contrivance" first recorded 1540s. In a sense of "crafty, clever, skillful" Middle English had enginous (mid-14c.), from Old French engeignos. Related: Ingeniously; ingeniousness.