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. --C. Kingsley.
2. Showing skill or adroitness in the doer or former; as, a clever speech; a clever trick.
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.”
5. Good-natured; obliging. [U. S.]
Syn: -- See Smart.
adj 1: skillful (or showing skill) in adapting means to ends; "cool
prudence and sensitive selfishness along with quick
perception of what is possible--these distinguish an
adroit politician"; "came up with a clever story"; "an
ingenious press agent"; "an ingenious scheme" [syn: adroit,
2: showing self-interest and shrewdness in dealing with others;
"a cagey lawyer"; "too clever to be sound" [syn: cagey,
3: mentally quick and resourceful; "an apt pupil"; "you are a
clever man...you reason well and your wit is bold"-Bram
Stoker [syn: apt]
4: showing inventiveness and skill; "a clever gadget"; "the
cunning maneuvers leading to his success"; "an ingenious
solution to the problem" [syn: cunning, ingenious]