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

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. Unabridged
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clever (ˈklɛvə)
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]

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Word Origin & History

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
Cleverness on the part of the sender is then the important factor, not reliance
  on ingenuity of the recipient.
Of course, it does require some real cleverness sometimes to figure out the
  right things to measure, and even how to record them.
Found throughout the world, the resourceful red fox is known for its cleverness
  and adaptability.
Of real poetical quality it has little, but abundant technical cleverness.
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