- intelligent; showing genius.
- ingelow, jean,
Origin of ingenious
Examples from the Web for ingeniousness
The coffee was excellent, thanks to the ingeniousness of the machine that made it.I Walked in Arden|Jack Crawford
We in America, especially, place altogether too high a value on our ingeniousness, our resourcefulness.Analyzing Character|Katherine M. H. Blackford and Arthur Newcomb
I declare, the profoundness, the ingeniousness, and the boldness of your successful answers filled me with amazement!Solaris Farm|Milan C. Edson
Leopardi has scarcely done more than paraphrase these elementary ideas, but this he has done with abundance and ingeniousness.Philosophic Nights In Paris|Remy De Gourmont
Peter Comester in his Historia Scholastica (twelfth century) granted the ingeniousness of the author.The Rise of the Mediaeval Church|Alexander Clarence Flick
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.