• WordNet 3.6
    • adj clever showing inventiveness and skill "a clever gadget","the cunning maneuvers leading to his success","an ingenious solution to the problem"
    • adj clever showing self-interest and shrewdness in dealing with others "a cagey lawyer","too clever to be sound"
    • adj clever mentally quick and resourceful "an apt pupil","you are a clever reason well and your wit is bold"-Bram Stoker"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Ivory soap slogan "99-44/100% Pure" was cleverly invented by Harley Proctor who with the help of chemists determined that Ivory soap was only 56/100 pure. Proctor simply subtracted 56 from 100 and came up with "99-44/100% Pure"
    • Clever Good-natured; obliging.
    • Clever Having fitness, propriety, or suitableness. "“T would sound more clever To me and to my heirs forever."
    • Clever 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.""Be good, sweet maid, and let who will be clever ."
    • Clever Showing skill or adroitness in the doer or former; as, a clever speech; a clever trick.
    • Clever Well-shaped; handsome. "The girl was a tight, clever wench as any was."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: STASI, the East German secret police organization, devised a devilishly clever way to prevent someone from giving them the slip during the Cold War: they managed to synthesize the scent of a female dog in heat, which they applied to the shoes of the person under surveillance. Then they simply had a male dog follow the scent.
    • clever 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.
    • clever Indicative of or exhibiting cleverness: as, a clever speech; a clever trick.
    • clever Well shaped; active-looking; handsome.
    • clever Good-natured; obliging; complaisant; possessing an agreeable mind or disposition.
    • clever Agreeable; pleasant; comfortable; nice: as, “these clever apartments,”
    • clever Synonyms Adroit, Dexterous, Expert, etc. (see adroit); ready, quick, ingenious, neat-handed, knowing, sharp, bright.
    • clever A variant of claver.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Clever klev′ėr able or dexterous: ingenious: skilful:
    • adj Clever klev′ėr (U.S.) good-natured
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  • Russian Proverb
    Russian Proverb
    “Clever father, clever daughter; clever mother, clever son.”
  • Henri Frederic Amiel
    “Cleverness is serviceable for everything, sufficient for nothing.”
  • Thomas Carlyle
    “Clever men are good, but they are not the best.”
  • Gilbert K. Chesterton
    “The doctrine of human equality reposes on this: that there is no man really clever who has not found that he is stupid.”
  • Euripides
    “Cleverness is not wisdom.”
  • Francois De La Rochefoucauld
    “The desire to seem clever often keeps us from being so.”


Box clever - (UK) If you box clever, you use your intelligence to get what you want, even if you have to cheat a bit.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Origin uncertain. Cf. OE. cliver, eager, AS. clyfer,in comp.) cloven; or clifer, a claw, perh. connected with E. cleave, to divide, split, the meaning of E. clever, perh. coming from the idea of grasping, seizing (with the mind)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Ety. dub.


In literature:

She's a clever woman, Mr. Mason; very clever, and it's almost a pity that she should come to grief.
"Orley Farm" by Anthony Trollope
As the Demon says, you are clever; you are a sight cleverer than he is.
"The Hill" by Horace Annesley Vachell
She is a clever woman, and handsome, too.
"Janet's Love and Service" by Margaret M Robertson
When people are very clever, they always have big noses.
"About Peggy Saville" by Mrs. G. de Horne Vaizey
They show acute observation, great ingenuity, clever adaptation, and teachableness.
"Folkways" by William Graham Sumner
She was distinctly not a clever woman, but she distinctly knew her world.
"The Green Carnation" by Robert Smythe Hichens
She's a-makin' out bills fur them as 'ad washin' done, bless her 'eart for a clever beauty.
"The Opal Serpent" by Fergus Hume
That is very clever of him, is it not?
"The Wonders of the Jungle" by Prince Sarath Ghosh
She was not quite as clever as she had thought.
"A Patriotic Schoolgirl" by Angela Brazil
Sometimes a weak, ignorant woman can do more than a clever man; and you're clever.
"The Day of Judgment" by Joseph Hocking

In poetry:

Only so softly does she turn,
Without a jolt or spill,
It took a clever man to find
She wasn’t standing still.
"Earth’s Motion" by Edith L M King
Yet the north insists on living,
And what lives will merry be;
So, although the grape is wanting,
We invent wine cleverly.
"Punch Song (To be sung in the Northern Countries)" by Friedrich von Schiller
Whatever I may here disclaim,
The very clever folk I sing to
Will most indubitably cling to
Their pet delusion, just the same.
"La Nuit Blanche" by Rudyard Kipling
My Gosh, you're right, my clever boy,
I never thought of that!
And so they left the monkey house,
While an elephant raised his hat.
"Look At All Those Monkeys!" by Spike Milligan
I had her heart, and she had mine;
We thought the change most clever;
But Fortune said, "a nymph so fine
I must not keep for ever."
"Mutation" by William Hutton
Half-Past-Six said—He's so clever—
Cleverer than me, I mean…
"I suppose God makes the black ones
When the saucepan isn't clean."
"Grown- Up Talk" by Katherine Mansfield

In news:

Clever tray design supports all iPod/iPhone models without need for tray adapter.
Pheasants clever enough, or hungry enough, to dig up seed corn during this year's planting season may be in for an uncomfortable surprise.
In gentler, less clever days, there really wasn't too much to know about soccer tactics.
USA's newest series, "Necessary Roughness " is a charming and clever dramedy based on the sortof real-life experiences of real-life Long Island mom/hypnotherapist Dr Donna Dannenfelser.
Tagged cattle near Clever, Mo.
I love creative and clever marketing and ad campaigns.
Scientists have employed a clever technique to reconstruct the landform history of a 300-square-mile area of Fiordland in New Zealand.
Clever Ad Uses Self Love To Sell Shades.
Nov 16 & 18 The New Orleans Opera Association presents Gioachino Rossini's The Barber of Seville , in which Count Almaviva, through disguises and cleverness, pursues the lovely Rosina, who is under the watchful and jealous eye of Dr Bartolo.
And the Inuit were very clever and they sold them ivory, they sold them masks, all sorts of things.
Holy Shroud or clever hoax.
They are offensive, redolent with prejudice and hatred, and simply not clever or witty.
Having lived in a small space, she came up with a clever idea for expanding that space when entertaining.
In fact, unless you're really clever, we recommend you don't answer.
Jamie Lee Curtis and Geoffrey Rush, below, are entangled in a web of machinations in John Boorman's clever post-cold-war spy film "The Tailor of Panama," based on the 1996 John le Carré novel.

In science:

A remarkably clever regularization of the light-front membrane theory was found by Goldstone (1982) and Hoppe (1982) in the case where the membrane surface Σ is a sphere S 2 .
M(atrix) Theory: Matrix Quantum Mechanics as a Fundamental Theory
An implication of this difference is that Google is a much more practical application than CLEVER due to the expensive matrix operations required for HITS in real-time.
A Connection-Centric Survey of Recommender Systems Research
For example a very clever recursion was used by Aldous to prove ζ (2) = π2 /6 limit for the expected value of the minimum weight assignment, [Ald01].
Linear Phase Transition in Random Linear Constraint Satisfaction Problem
In Newtonian gravity this usually requires clever approximation schemes but is not considered to be a problem of fundamental nature.
Close encounters of black holes
The methods used today use clever approximation schemes.
Close encounters of black holes