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[klev-er] /ˈklɛv ər/
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.
  1. suitable; convenient; satisfactory.
  2. good-natured.
  3. handsome.
  4. in good health.
Origin
1175-1225
1175-1225; Middle English cliver, akin to Old English clifer claw, clife burdock. See cleavers
Related forms
cleverish, adjective
cleverishly, adverb
cleverly, adverb
cleverness, noun
overclever, adjective
overcleverly, adverb
overcleverness, noun
unclever, adjective
uncleverly, adverb
uncleverness, noun
Synonyms
1. ingenious, talented, quick-witted; smart, gifted; apt, expert. 4. skillful, agile, handy.
Antonyms
1. stupid. 4. clumsy.
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Examples for cleverer
  • The more you know of that, the cleverer the paintings might make you feel.
  • Scientists are devising cleverer and cleverer means to see inside the brain-and creating some amazing pictures along the way.
  • He was no worse than anyone else-only cleverer, and a bigger target.
  • As money flowed in, the cleverer ones began to diversify into more sophisticated businesses.
  • It will make you look cleverer and that is far more important than expressing your ideas clearly and simply.
  • In this book these two genial cronies are wittier and cleverer than ever.
  • There never was a cleverer idea for a rough and ready suit than these.
  • The cleverer it is, the longer it takes to get approved.
British Dictionary definitions for cleverer

clever

/ˈklɛvə/
adjective
1.
displaying sharp intelligence or mental alertness
2.
adroit or dexterous, esp with the hands
3.
smart in a superficial way
4.
(Brit, informal) sly; cunning
5.
(predicative; used with a negative) (dialect) healthy; fit
Derived Forms
cleverish, adjective
cleverly, adverb
cleverness, noun
Word Origin
C13 cliver (in the sense: quick to seize, adroit), of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for cleverer
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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