clever

[klev-er]
adjective, cleverer, cleverest.
1.
mentally bright; having sharp or quick intelligence; able.
2.
superficially skillful, witty, or original in character or construction; facile: It was an amusing, clever play, but of no lasting value.
3.
showing inventiveness or originality; ingenious: His clever device was the first to solve the problem.
4.
adroit with the hands or body; dexterous or nimble.
5.
Older Use.
a.
suitable; convenient; satisfactory.
d.
in good health.

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

cleverish, adjective
cleverishly, adverb
cleverly, adverb
cleverness, noun
overclever, adjective
overcleverly, adverb
overcleverness, noun
unclever, adjective
uncleverly, adverb
uncleverness, noun


1. ingenious, talented, quick-witted; smart, gifted; apt, expert. 4. skillful, agile, handy.


1. stupid. 4. clumsy.
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clever (ˈklɛvə)
 
adj
1.  displaying sharp intelligence or mental alertness
2.  adroit or dexterous, esp with the hands
3.  smart in a superficial way
4.  informal (Brit) sly; cunning
5.  dialect (predicative; used with a negative) healthy; fit
 
[C13 cliver (in the sense: quick to seize, adroit), of uncertain origin]
 
'cleverish
 
adj
 
'cleverly
 
adv
 
'cleverness
 
n

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clever
c.1590, from E.Anglian dial. cliver "expert at seizing," probably from E.Fris. klufer or Norwegian dialectic klover "ready, skillful," perhaps infl. by O.E. clifer "claw, hand" (early usages seem to refer to dexterity); extension to intellect is first recorded 1704.
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Example sentences
But he also joined a gift for quick, clever, complex dialogue with a brilliant
  comedic physicality.
Raccoons are particularly nasty, and they're particularly clever about using
  their little nasty hands to get into your coop.
But several clever experiments have tested people's memory immediately after a
  tragedy and again several months or years later.
Clever writers who start fashions in the literary world should take account of
  this secrecy of the reader's position.
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