1. [syn: clever, cunning, ingenious]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Ingenious \In*gen"ious\, a. [L. ingeniosus, fr. ingenium innate
or natural quality, natural capacity, genius: cf. F.
ing['e]nieux. See Engine.]
1. Possessed of genius, or the faculty of invention; skillful
or promp to invent; having an aptitude to contrive, or to
form new combinations; as, an ingenious author, mechanic.
A man . . . very wise and ingenious in feats of war.
Thou, king, send out
For torturers ingenious. --Shak.
The more ingenious men are, the more apt are they to
trouble themselves. --Sir W.
2. Proceeding from, pertaining to, or characterized by,
genius or ingenuity; of curious design, structure, or
mechanism; as, an ingenious model, or machine; an
ingenious scheme, contrivance, etc.
Thus men go wrong with an ingenious skill. --Cowper.
3. Witty; shrewd; adroit; keen; sagacious; as, an ingenious
4. Mental; intellectual. [Obs.]
A course of learning and ingenious studies. --Shak.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: 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:
125 Moby Thesaurus words for "ingenious":
Daedalian, Machiavellian, Machiavellic, acute, adept, adroit, apt,
arch, artful, artistic, astute, authoritative, bravura, bright,
brilliant, cagey, canny, clean, clever, conceptive, conceptual,
coordinated, crack, crackerjack, crafty, creative, cunning, cute,
daedal, deceitful, deep, deep-laid, deft, demiurgic, designing,
dexterous, dextrous, diplomatic, esemplastic, excellent, expert,
fancy, fecund, feline, fertile, foxy, germinal, gifted, good,
goodish, graceful, guileful, handy, ideational, ideative,
imaginative, innovational, innovative, insidious, inspired,
inventive, keen, knowing, magisterial, masterful, masterly, neat,
no mean, notional, on the ball, original, originative, pawky,
politic, pregnant, productive, professional, proficient, prolific,
quick, quite some, ready, resourceful, scheming, seminal,
serpentine, shaping, sharp, shifty, shrewd, skilled, skillful,
slick, slim, slippery, sly, smart, smooth, snaky, sneaky, some,
sophistical, statesmanlike, stealthy, strategic, stylish, subtile,
subtle, supple, tactful, tactical, talented, teeming, the compleat,
the complete, trickish, tricksy, tricky, virtuoso, visioned,
vulpine, wary, well-done, wily, workmanlike