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Meaning of CLEVER

Pronunciation:  'klevur

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [adj]  showing inventiveness and skill; "a clever gadget"; "the cunning maneuvers leading to his success"; "an ingenious solution to the problem"
  2. [adj]  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 ingenious scheme"
  3. [adj]  showing self-interest and shrewdness in dealing with others; "a cagey lawyer"; "too clever to be sound"
  4. [adj]  mentally quick and resourceful; "an apt pupil"; "you are a clever man...you reason well and your wit is bold"-Bram Stoker
 

CLEVER is a 6 letter word that starts with C.

 

 Synonyms: adroit, apt, artful, cagey, cagy, canny, cunning, ingenious, intelligent, smart
 

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\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.   --Macaulay.

         Be good, sweet maid, and let who will be clever.
                                               --C. Kingsley.

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.                              --Swift.

4. Well-shaped; handsome. ``The girl was a tight, clever
   wench as any was.'' --Arbuthnot.

5. Good-natured; obliging. [U. S.]

Syn: See {Smart}.

 
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