K is for Ezra Klein, clever policy pisher and Obamacare's blogger in chief.
Inside, the speeches were almost too clever by half, as if the grand auditions for Oscar voters were in full affect.
clever, clever, clever, I find myself writing in the margins.
clever Indians may decide to stay home and devote their talents to resolving the pressing problems of India.
Maggie: Yeah, I think so, as long as the stories are clever and character-driven, like this one.
Perhaps our clever friend Ingleborough can tell you where to look.
There's somebody behind that damned Langdon—he's not clever enough for all this.
And her eyes added wistfully, "It isn't my fault that I am not so clever."
There was no pleasure in watching their clever manipulation of the little, steel hook.
Old Saillard would say, innocently, "Isn't she clever, that Elisabeth of mine?"
1580s, "handy, dexterous," apparently from East Anglian dialectal cliver "expert at seizing," perhaps from East Frisian klüfer "skillful," or Norwegian dialectic klover "ready, skillful," and perhaps influenced by Old English clifer "claw, hand" (early usages seem to refer to dexterity). Or perhaps akin to Old Norse kleyfr "easy to split" and from a root related to cleave "to split." Extension to intellect is first recorded 1704.
This is a low word, scarcely ever used but in burlesque or conversation; and applied to any thing a man likes, without a settled meaning. [Johnson, 1755]The meaning has narrowed since, but clever also often in old use and dialect meant "well-shaped, attractive-looking" and in 19c. American English sometimes "good-natured, agreeable." Related: Cleverly; cleverness.