What does clever mean?

Definitions for clever
ˈklɛv ərclever

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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.

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.

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. Samuel Butler:

    People care more about being thought to have taste than about being good, clever, or amiable.

  2. Albert Schweitzer:

    Man is a clever animal who behaves like an imbecile.

  3. Lon Kightlinger:

    It should be a wake-up call for not only for every person, for every health center in Madagascar, but for the whole world. These diseases come back and they clobber us if we are not protected, these are living viruses who are very clever, and they will find us.

  4. 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.

  5. United States:

    The United States endorsement is politically important, symbolically important, but in order to see a regime change, there are some things lacking, over the years President Nicolas Maduro's been very clever about co-opting their support, sharing economic benefits with them -- the military now has an oil services company.

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    a socially awkward or tactless act
    • A. rapture
    • B. slip
    • C. scrutiny
    • D. witness

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