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clever

[ klev-er ]SEE DEFINITION OF clever

Synonyms for clever

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Antonyms for clever

  • awkward
  • foolish
  • idiotic
  • ignorant
  • naive
  • senseless
  • stupid
  • unclever
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR CLEVER

I wouldn't attempt to be, I am not clever or popular enough.

All this is mere rhetoric, and full of clever self-excusing.

He is the son of a clever doctor, and the marriage will take place in four days.

I hadn't supposed him clever enough to guess what I was thinking.

If he were as clever as he is honest, he wouldn't have been stuck with a horse like Lauzanne.

There's somebody behind that damned Langdon—he's not clever enough for all this.

There was no pleasure in watching their clever manipulation of the little, steel hook.

He was clever with his pencil, and could seize a likeness with astonishing rapidity.

Bedr had been clever in enlisting the girls' sympathy for his soul.

"Perhaps, as they're so clever they'll be clever enough not to arrive at all," was my suggestion.

WORD ORIGIN

1580s, "handy, dexterous," apparently from East Anglian dialectal cliver "expert at seizing," perhaps from East Frisian klüfer "skillful," or Norwegian dialectic klover "ready, skillful," and perhaps influenced by Old English clifer "claw, hand" (early usages seem to refer to dexterity). Or perhaps akin to Old Norse kleyfr "easy to split" and from a root related to cleave "to split." Extension to intellect is first recorded 1704.

The meaning has narrowed since, but clever also often in old use and dialect meant "well-shaped, attractive-looking" and in 19c. American English sometimes "good-natured, agreeable." Related: Cleverly; cleverness.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR CLEVER

able

adjectiveable to perform well; having a proven capacity
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