clever

Clever may seem like a compliment, but this adjective boasts a rather broad range of meanings—from "intelligent" and "imaginative" to "calculating" or "contrived."

The roots of the word clever, are unknown. It was in use colloquially long before it entered the literary record, and this may be a factor in the word's enduring suppleness. The earliest written examples of clever convey the idea of dexterity — that is, the term was used to describe someone who was good with his hands. Now, clever still means "agile" or "adroit," but it refers to mental, rather than physical, skill. Clever can also be used to describe the products of a nimble mind, such as a "clever scheme" or a "clever device."

Definitions of clever
1

adj mentally quick and resourceful

“"you are a clever man...you reason well and your wit is bold"-Bram Stoker”
Synonyms:
apt
intelligent
having the capacity for thought and reason especially to a high degree

adj showing inventiveness and skill

“a clever gadget”
Synonyms:
cunning, ingenious
adroit
quick or skillful or adept in action or thought

adj showing self-interest and shrewdness in dealing with others

“too clever to be sound”
Synonyms:
cagey, cagy, canny
smart
showing mental alertness and calculation and resourcefulness

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