What does clever mean?

Definitions for clever
ˈklɛv ərclever

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word clever.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. cagey, cagy, canny, cleveradjective

    showing self-interest and shrewdness in dealing with others

    "a cagey lawyer"; "too clever to be sound"

  2. apt, cleveradjective

    mentally quick and resourceful

    "an apt pupil"; "you are a clever man...you reason well and your wit is bold"-Bram Stoker

  3. clever, cunning, ingeniousadjective

    showing inventiveness and skill

    "a clever gadget"; "the cunning maneuvers leading to his success"; "an ingenious solution to the problem"


  1. cleveradjective

    Nimble with hands or body; skillful; adept.

  2. cleveradjective

    Resourceful, sometimes to the point of cunning.

    clever like a fox

  3. cleveradjective

    Smart, intelligent or witty; mentally quick or sharp.

  4. cleveradjective

    Showing inventiveness or originality; witty.

  5. cleveradjective

    Possessing magical abilities.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. CLEVERadjective

    Etymology: of no certain etymology.

    It was the cleverer mockery of the two. Roger L'Estrange, Fables.

    I read Dyer’s letter more for the stile than the news. The man has a clever pen, it must be owned. Joseph Addison, Freeholder.

    I can’t but think ’twould sound more clever,
    To me, and to my heirs for ever. Alexander Pope.

    She called him gundy-guts, and he called her lousy Peg, tho’ the girl was a tight clever wench as any was. Arbuthnot.


  1. clever

    Clever typically refers to someone who is quick to understand, learn, and devise or apply ideas. They are often characterized by original thought, inventiveness, and intelligence. It can also refer to something that is skillfully made or done, showing ingenuity or creativity.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cleveradjective

    possessing quickness of intellect, skill, dexterity, talent, or adroitness; expert

  2. Cleveradjective

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

  3. Cleveradjective

    having fitness, propriety, or suitableness

  4. Cleveradjective

    well-shaped; handsome

  5. Cleveradjective

    good-natured; obliging


  1. Clever

    Clever is a city in Christian County, Missouri, United States. The population was 2,139 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Springfield, Missouri Metropolitan Statistical Area. Christian County was the fastest-growing county in Missouri in population between 2000 and 2010. As a result of that growth Clever has also seen a large increase in population in the last twenty years.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Clever

    klev′ėr, adj. able or dexterous: ingenious: skilful: (U.S.) good-natured.—ns. Cleveral′ity, Clev′erness.—adj. Clev′erish, somewhat clever.—adv. Clev′erly. [Ety. dub.]


  1. Clever

    Build educational applications that just work. School integration doesn’t have to be painful. Use Clever to get real-time student data.Clever believes that data should empower learning, not hold it back. With unique experiences in education and technology, the Clever team understands the data challenges that schools and developers face. Our mission is to make powerful educational software easy to build and easy to deploy.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Clever is ranked #18474 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Clever surname appeared 1,497 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Clever.

    93.9% or 1,407 total occurrences were White.
    3.4% or 52 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    0.8% or 13 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.7% or 11 total occurrences were Black.
    0.5% or 8 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.4% or 6 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'clever' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4393

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'clever' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1796

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'clever' in Adjectives Frequency: #507

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of clever in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of clever in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of clever in a Sentence

  1. Christen Kuikoua:

    He who believes himself wiser than God has barely embarked on the journey to understand the virtue of Wisdom. The fool, in his arrogance, deems himself too clever, and yet God maintains a silent laughter at the folly of such conceit. True wisdom lies in humble acknowledgment, for in humility, one opens the door to the profound lessons that God's silent laughter imparts.

  2. Rory Bruer:

    We would have liked to have done more, it’s a movie that screened well and that we all really liked a lot. It’s clever and smart and fun.

  3. Andrew Russo:

    I thought it was a very clever design to do [ the study ] with the medication because all too often we see Western versus Eastern or holistic medicine, and it shouldn't be viewed as such.

  4. David Henig:

    The Commission is really frustrating to deal with, the Commission has found very clever ways not to do what you want them to do. So has USTR, actually. They're both very formidable when you get down to them. They're probably more similar than they wish to admit.

  5. Ferrari Chairman Sergio Marchionne:

    What Jaguar has done with the Lightweight [E-Type] cars is clever, but reinventing the 250 is a tough gig, and living off the spoils of the past is a bad habit to get into.

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    showing intellectual penetration or emotional depth
    A sought
    B urban
    C profound
    D witless

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