Clever may seem like a compliment, but this adjective boasts a rather broad range of meanings from "intelligent" and "imaginative" to "calculating" or "contrived."


Possessing quickness of intellect, skill, dexterity, talent, or adroitness; expert.

Adjective S.
showing inventiveness and skill; "a clever gadget"; "the cunning maneuvers leading to his success"; "an ingenious solution to the problem"

Adjective S.
skillful (or showing skill) in adapting means to ends; "cool prudence and sensitive selfishness along with quick perception of what is possible--these distinguish an adroit politician"; "came up with a clever story"; "an ingenious press agent"; "an ingeni

Adjective S.
showing self-interest and shrewdness in dealing with others; "a cagey lawyer"; "too clever to be sound"

Adjective S.
mentally quick and resourceful; "an apt pupil"; "you are a clever reason well and your wit is bold"-Bram Stoker

Possessing quickness of intellect, skill, dexterity, talent, or adroitness; expert.

Showing skill or adroitness in the doer or former; as, a clever speech; a clever trick.

Having fitness, propriety, or suitableness.

Well-shaped; handsome.

Good-natured; obliging.


Clev"er , a. [Origin uncertain. Cf. OE. cliver eager, AS. clyfer (in comp.) cloven; or clifer a claw, perh. connected with E. cleave to divide, split, the meaning of E. clever perh. coming from the idea of grasping, seizing (with the mind).] 1. Possessing quickness of intellect, skill, dexterity, talent, or adroitness; expert.
Though there were many clever men in England during the latter half of the seventeenth century, there were only two great creative minds.
Be good, sweet maid, and let who will be clever.
2. Showing skill or adroitness in the doer or former; as, a clever speech; a clever trick. Byron. 3. Having fitness, propriety, or suitableness.
"T would sound more clever To me and to my heirs forever.
4. Well-shaped; handsome. "The girl was a tight, clever wench as any was." Arbuthnot. 5. Good-natured; obliging. [U. S.] Syn. -- See Smart.

Possessing quickness of intellect, skill, dexterity, talent, or adroitness; expert.


Usage Examples

Clever men are good, but they are not the best.

I like physics. I think it is the best science out of all three of them, because generally it's more useful. You learn about speed and velocity and time, and that's all clever stuff.

I don't think we're yet evolved to the point where we're clever enough to handle a complex a situation as climate change. The inertia of humans is so huge that you can't really do anything meaningful.

I'm constantly pitching one episode where we see life through Castle's eyes. I think Castle's just a little off as far as his perception goes. A very, very clever man, but I want to see the world as Castle sees it - kind of a rose-colored glasses, all the women find him irresistible, all the guys find him super cool and do whatever he says.

I was born and brought up in Liverpool with my clever little sister Jemma, who is 14 and wants to be a vet. My mum Jane is an administrator and my dad Peter is a taxi driver.

Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil.

I think I have an inner confidence that my tastes are pretty simple, that what I find funny finds a wide audience. I'm not particularly intellectual or clever or minority-focused in my creative instincts. And I'm certainly not aware of suppressing more sophisticated ambitions.

It is a great act of cleverness to be able to conceal one's being clever.

Misspelled Form

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Other Usage Examples

I am not suggesting that all those missionary organizations working in Haiti should pack up and go home, but I am urging them to understand that Haiti does not need clever Americans with newly contrived schemes for saving their country.

Clever and attractive women do not want to vote they are willing to let men govern as long as they govern men.

I've been composing music all my life and if I'd been clever enough at school I would like to have gone to music college.

I wish our clever young poets would remember my homely definitions of prose and poetry that is, prose = words in their best order - poetry = the best words in the best order.

Educate men without religion and you make of them but clever devils.

It cannot be said often enough that science fiction as a genre is incredibly educational - and I'm speaking the written science fiction, not 'Star Trek.' Science fiction writers tend to fill their books if they're clever with little bits of interesting stuff and real stuff.

I was a weedy kid, not like one of those working-class men who can accommodate not being academically clever by physical strength and prowess.

Against the beautiful and the clever and the successful, one can wage a pitiless war, but not against the unattractive: then the millstone weighs on the breast.


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