1 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" [syn: adroit, ingenious]
2 showing self-interest and shrewdness in dealing with others; "a cagey lawyer"; "too clever to be sound" [syn: cagey, cagy, canny]
3 mentally quick and resourceful; "an apt pupil"; "you are a clever man...you reason well and your wit is bold"-Bram Stoker [syn: apt]
4 showing inventiveness and skill; "a clever gadget"; "the cunning maneuvers leading to his success"; "an ingenious solution to the problem" [syn: cunning, ingenious]
- Rhymes: -ɛvə(r)
- mentally sharp or bright, witty; possessing quick or able intelligence
- nimble with hands or
- 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.
- superficially skillful, resourceful
- showing inventiveness or originality
- (Australian Aboriginal) possessing magical abilities
- 1904, Journal & Proceedings of the Royal Society of New
South Wales, Vol. XXXVIII
- When a clever man is out hunting ... he ... talks to the footprints all the time for the purpose of injecting magic into the animal which made them.
- 1947, Oceania, Vol. XVII
- The two women, who were ‘clever’, and possessed a certain amount of magical ‘power’, ...
- 1991, John & Sue Erbacher, Aborigines of the Rainforest
- Fred is the clever fellow or tribal doctor who practises with the Kuku-Yalanji people. The tribal doctor’s work includes curing sickness, finding out the causes of death, predicting the future and making and stopping rain.
- 1904, Journal & Proceedings of the Royal Society of New South Wales, Vol. XXXVIII
mentally sharp or bright
- Czech: chytrý