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Date: 1200-1300
Origin: Probably from a Scandinavian language

clever

adjective
     
clev‧er S2
1 especially British English able to learn and understand things quickly [= intelligent; = smart AmE]
a clever man
very/extremely/quite/pretty etc clever
Lucy is quite clever and does well at school.
2 able to use your intelligence to get what you want, especially in a slightly dishonest way:
a clever lawyer's tricks
3 especially British English skilful at doing a particular thing:
Bill's very clever with his hands.
his clever ball control
clever at doing something
He was clever at finding bargains.
4 done or made in an unusual or interesting way that is very effective:
What a clever little gadget!
a clever marketing strategy
5 British English spoken used jokingly when someone has done something silly or stupid:
'When I got to the library I found I'd left the books at home.' 'That was clever!'
6

clever clogs/dick

British English spoken used to describe someone who is annoying because they are always right or always think they are right
7

be too clever by half

British English spoken to be clever, and to show that you are clever in a way that annoys other people
cleverly adverb
cleverness noun [uncountable]
WORD FOCUS: intelligent WORD FOCUS: intelligent
similar words: clever especially BrE/smart especially AmE good at learning or understanding things quickly
bright
intelligent - used especially about young people
brilliant
a brilliant scientist, writer, student, historian etc is extremely intelligent and does very good work
brainy
informal very intelligent and good at studying
gifted
a gifted child is extremely intelligent
wise
a wise person has a lot of experience and knowledge, and can give good advice
cunning
/crafty good at using your intelligence to trick people

intelligent people: genius someone who is extremely intelligent and has great ideas
intellectual
someone who is well-educated and interested in art, science, or literature at a high level
intelligentsia
a country's intellectuals, considered as a single group


See also
intelligent

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