Do something wisely or skillfully, and you do it cleverly. Your physics teacher will be so impressed when she sees how cleverly you designed your egg drop experiment!

A cleverly written screenplay isn't just smart — it's also witty and original. A cleverly disguised spy is so ingeniously camouflaged that no one will ever guess her identity. This adverb is perfect for describing intelligent, resourceful actions. Its roots go back to the Norwegian dialect word klover, "ready, skillful," most likely influenced by the Old English clifer, "claw or hand."

Definitions of cleverly
  1. adverb
    in a clever manner
    “they were cleverly arranged”
    synonyms: smartly
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