from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Mentally quick and original; bright.
- adj. Nimble with the hands or body; dexterous.
- adj. Exhibiting quick-wittedness: a clever story.
- adj. New England Easily managed; docile: "Oxen must be pretty clever to be bossed around the way they are” ( Dialect Notes).
- adj. New England Affable but not especially smart.
- adj. Chiefly Southern U.S. Good-natured; amiable. See Regional Note at ugly.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Nimble with hands or body; skillful; adept.
- adj. Resourceful, sometimes to the point of cunning.
- adj. Smart, intelligent or witty; mentally quick or sharp.
- adj. Showing inventiveness or originality; witty.
- adj. Possessing magical abilities.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Possessing quickness of intellect, skill, dexterity, talent, or adroitness; expert.
- adj. Showing skill or adroitness in the doer or former.
- adj. Having fitness, propriety, or suitableness.
- adj. Well-shaped; handsome.
- adj. Good-natured; obliging.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Possessing skill or address; having special ability of any kind, especially such as involves quickness of intellect or mechanical dexterity; adroit. It now commonly implies the possession of ability which, though noteworthy, does not amount to genius, nor even to a high degree of talent.
- Indicative of or exhibiting cleverness: as, a clever speech; a clever trick.
- Well shaped; active-looking; handsome.
- Good-natured; obliging; complaisant; possessing an agreeable mind or disposition.
- Agreeable; pleasant; comfortable; nice: as, “these clever apartments,”
- Synonyms Adroit, Dexterous, Expert, etc. (see adroit); ready, quick, ingenious, neat-handed, knowing, sharp, bright.
- A variant of claver.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. showing inventiveness and skill
- adj. mentally quick and resourceful
- adj. showing self-interest and shrewdness in dealing with others
Middle English cliver; akin to East Frisian klifer, klüfer.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From East Anglian dialectal English cliver ("expert at seizing"), from Middle English cliver ("tenacious"), perhaps from Old English *clifer, clibbor ("clinging"), or perhaps from East Frisian (compare Saterland Frisian kluftich), or dialectal Norwegian klover ("ready, skillful"); possibly influenced by Old English clifer ("claw, hand"). Related to cleave. (Wiktionary)