And he makes me think, well, this is one of the ways in which conservatives are cleverer and more cunning than liberals.
He was cleverer than most everyone else, but he envied the carefree affluence of the rich and fatuous.
He never was clever—even I was cleverer than he was; and Carry, of course, was always ever so far above us both.
Ask our mistress, the old woman; no one in the world is cleverer than she.
cleverer fellows than Billy are puzzled to do that sometimes.
There are not many of them better looking; are there any cleverer or better informed?
But the girls gesture was cleverer than he knew for in that brief moment she had satisfied herself it was empty.
Both were Protestants; but if Asgill was the cleverer, Payton was an officer and a gentleman.
But I am a just man even to my enemy, and I will acknowledge beforehand that they are cleverer brains than I thought them.
Then I take it they are cleverer folk than I thought them, for they seem to have deceived you.
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.