[syn: clever, cunning, ingenious]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Clever \Clev"er\, a. [Origin uncertain. Cf. OE. cliver eager,
AS. clyfer (in comp.) cloven; or clifer a claw, perh.
connected with E. cleave to divide, split, the meaning of E.
clever perh. coming from the idea of grasping, seizing (with
1. Possessing quickness of intellect, skill, dexterity,
talent, or adroitness; expert.
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.
2. Showing skill or adroitness in the doer or former; as, a
clever speech; a clever trick. --Byron.
3. Having fitness, propriety, or suitableness.
'T would sound more clever
To me and to my heirs forever. --Swift.
4. Well-shaped; handsome. "The girl was a tight, clever wench
as any was." --Arbuthnot.
5. Good-natured; obliging. [U. S.]
Syn: See Smart.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: showing self-interest and shrewdness in dealing with
others; "a cagey lawyer"; "too clever to be sound" [syn:
cagey, cagy, canny, clever]
2: mentally quick and resourceful; "an apt pupil"; "you are a
clever man...you reason well and your wit is bold"-Bram
Stoker [syn: apt, clever]
3: showing inventiveness and skill; "a clever gadget"; "the
cunning maneuvers leading to his success"; "an ingenious
solution to the problem" [syn: clever, cunning,
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
194 Moby Thesaurus words for "clever":
Attic, Daedalian, Machiavellian, Machiavellic, able, acute, adept,
adroit, agile, alert, all-around, amusing, apt, arch, artful,
artistic, astute, authoritative, biting, brainy, bravura, bright,
brilliant, cagey, canny, capable, clean, competent, coordinated,
coruscating, crack, crackerjack, crafty, creative, cunning, cute,
daedal, dazzling, deceitful, deep, deep-laid, deft, designing,
dexterous, dextrous, diplomatic, discerning, docile, droll,
educable, entertaining, excellent, expert, facetious, facile,
fanciful, fancy, feline, formable, foxy, funny, gifted, good,
goodish, graceful, guileful, handy, humorous, humorsome,
imaginative, impressionable, ingenious, insidious, instructable,
intelligent, inventive, jesting, jocose, jocular, joking, joky,
joshing, keen, keen-witted, knowing, laughable, magisterial,
malleable, many-sided, masterful, masterly, moldable, mordant,
motivated, neat, neat-handed, nimble, nimble-witted, no dumbbell,
no mean, not born yesterday, original, pawky, perceptive, piquant,
plastic, pleasing, pliable, pointed, politic, pretty, professional,
proficient, prompt, pungent, qualified, quick, quick-thinking,
quick-witted, quite some, racy, rapier-like, ready, receptive,
resourceful, ripe for instruction, risible, sagacious, sage, salt,
salty, scheming, schoolable, scintillating, serpentine, sharp,
sharp-witted, shifty, shrewd, skilled, skillful, slick, slim,
slippery, sly, smart, smooth, snaky, sneaky, some, sophistical,
sparkling, sprightly, statesmanlike, stealthy, steel-trap,
strategic, stylish, subtile, subtle, supple, susceptible, tactful,
tactical, talented, teachable, the compleat, the complete,
thirsty for knowledge, trainable, trickish, tricksy, tricky,
versatile, virtuoso, vulpine, wary, well-considered,
well-contrived, well-designed, well-done, well-invented, well-laid,
well-planned, well-reasoned, well-thought-out, well-weighed,
whimsical, wicked, willing, wily, wise, witty, workmanlike
U.S. Gazetteer Places (2000):
Clever, MO -- U.S. city in Missouri
Population (2000): 1010
Housing Units (2000): 420
Land area (2000): 0.638569 sq. miles (1.653887 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 0.638569 sq. miles (1.653887 sq. km)
FIPS code: 14788
Located within: Missouri (MO), FIPS 29
Location: 37.028804 N, 93.470067 W
ZIP Codes (1990): 65631
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.