clever


clever
cleverish, adj.cleverishly, adv.cleverly, adv.cleverness, n.
/klev"euhr/, adj., 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.
a. suitable; convenient; satisfactory.
b. good-natured.
c. handsome.
d. in good health.
[1175-1225; ME cliver, akin to OE clifer claw, clife burdock. See CLEAVERS]
Syn. 1. ingenious, talented, quick-witted; smart, gifted; apt, expert. 4. skillful, agile, handy.
Ant. 1. stupid. 4. clumsy.

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