Adjective "Clever" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Quick to understand, learn, and devise or apply ideas; intelligent.
  1. 'how clever of him to think of this!'
  2. 'How clever of the teacher, she thought, to get us so caught up in manipulating our legs into that position so that we were quiet for her for a little while.'
  3. 'It was clever of Fry to write a film score decades before the invention of the motion picture.'
  4. 'It seems to me it was quite clever of the union to refrain from publicly backing their stance, as this would have opened them up to legal action.'
  5. 'Yes and I must say it was quite clever of you to figure that out so easily.'
  6. 'Pretension was compounded by the most clever of the cultured barbarians who pretended to be above it all.'
  7. 'This was an interesting idea and it was very clever of Serocath to come up with it.'
  8. 'It was something smart, smart enough to fool even Amelia, who was the most clever of the three of them.'
  9. 'How clever of you to have worked out at this late date that my name is Scott.'
  10. 'And how clever of them to choose an author who is so wildly popular with the young.'
  11. 'Jo was clever, cunning, intelligent, very quick, and could see things which other people couldn't.'
  12. 'both Grandma and Mother were clever with their hands'
  13. 'He proved clever with traps and caught a hare or two every other day, the basis of a flavorsome if somewhat monotonous stew.'
  14. 'It was jolly clever of Spalding Gray to be able to sit down like that for hours.'
  15. 'You are youthful, intense and clever at work to achieve goals and success in a tough assignment.'
  16. 'He's a good header of the ball and clever with it.'
  17. 'Fascism came to be led by the brutal, the ignorant and the criminal - men who were clever at exploiting the irrationality of the masses.'
  18. 'You can buy an optional i-Mon VFD to show through the front of the case, or you can hack in a Matrix Orbital display if you're clever with the screws.'
  19. 'Being clever with a cleaver does not run in his family.'
  20. 'What makes them artists is when they can create pictures and you can visualize what they're saying and they can play around with the rhymes and be clever with words.'
  21. 'There aren't many that can compete physically with big Brian Irvine but Flo is so clever with the ball at his feet that the need for a physical contest is almost non-existent.'
  22. 'They're never overly clever with anything that they do, chord progressions and bass lines are hardly contrived.'
  23. 'he taught the dog to perform some very clever tricks'
  24. 'However, while this approach is clever at first, it wears out its welcome before the film reaches its conclusion.'
  25. 'It reminds you how clever, how witty, how well thought out the song is.'
  26. 'The art of the quick retort, the clever reply, the sharp tongue are things many of us wish we had more of.'
  27. 'The originals used a clever little insert that slipped right inside a .45 magazine.'
  28. 'Civil servants, accustomed to hiding behind walls of secrecy, might simply devise clever new ways to foil the public's right to know.'
  29. 'It was clever, original, surprisingly complex and - most importantly - was not manufactured like so much of our contemporary music.'
  30. 'What gain is there in silencing another, through ridicule, for example, or the clever use of debating skills, if it is at the cost of truth?'
  31. 'A paid designer will use all sorts of clever artistic tricks - you now know that you will lose clients that way.'
  32. 'This has got to be one of the most clever of e-mails.'
  33. 'Such clever allusions in the original title must have been deemed too esoteric for potential buyers.'
  34. 'Then Chicken Little crying wolf won't look like such a clever strategy, will it?'
  35. 'This is not as clever as it sounds, because Teazers stocks a comprehensive range of men's deodorants in their bathrooms.'
Healthy or well.
  1. 'I didn't feel too clever driving back either, but managed to avoid passing out on the M1 and got us all back safely.'
  2. 'After several midnight loo dashes we woke up on Tuesday morning feeling not too clever.'


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. suitable; convenient; satisfactory. good-natured. handsome. in good health.|-

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be clever at things."

"people can be clever for people."

"people can be clever as people."

"people can be clever with hands."

"people can be clever to realises."

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Middle English (in the sense ‘quick to catch hold’, only recorded in this period): perhaps of Dutch or Low German origin, and related to cleave. In the late 16th century the term came to mean (probably through dialect use) ‘manually skilful’; the sense ‘possessing mental agility’ dates from the early 18th century.


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