• WordNet 3.6
    • n cleverness the property of being ingenious "a plot of great ingenuity","the cleverness of its design"
    • n cleverness intelligence as manifested in being quick and witty
    • n cleverness the power of creative imagination
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • 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"
    • n cleverness The quality of being clever; quickness of intellect or mechanical dexterity; adroitness; skill; ingenuity; intelligence.
    • n cleverness Mildness or agreeableness of disposition; obligingness; good nature.
    • n cleverness Synonyms Faculty, Ingenuity, etc. (see genius), aptness, readiness, quickness, expertness.
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  • French Proverb
    French Proverb
    “It's good to be clever, but not to show it.”
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    “You think you are clever until you find out how smart you are”
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    “It is little that one gains by cleverness.”
  • Elizabeth Wordsworth
    Elizabeth Wordsworth
    “The good are so harsh to the clever, the clever so rude to the good!”
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    “Clever liars give details, but the cleverest don't.”
  • Cesare Pavese
    “No woman marries for money; they are all clever enough, before marrying a millionaire, to fall in love with him first.”


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


In literature:

Though she would not have stupid people about her, she did not always want very clever ones.
"Emily Fox-Seton" by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Sure the clever boys and men have most love towards the stupid ones.
"Lorna Doone" by R. D. Blackmore
He is not merely clever at this or that, but clever all round; he gives you no consolations.
"Certain Personal Matters" by H. G. Wells
And she had nothing to cling to, clever woman though she was.
"Bella Donna" by Robert Hichens
I send this to Cairo by a clever, pleasant Mme.
"Letters from Egypt" by Lucie Duff Gordon
She was not clever enough to see that the clever Canon had simply laid a trap for her.
"The Helpmate" by May Sinclair
They manage these things very quickly and very cleverly in Killaloe.
"Phineas Finn" by Anthony Trollope
She is steady, and industrious, and reliable, and sensible, and clever.
"Prudence of the Parsonage" by Ethel Hueston
There were advantages, after all, in being moderately clever.
"The Loom of Youth" by Alec Waugh
She is clever; almost too clever, for cherished, protected, schoolgirl nineteen.
"Set in Silver" by Charles Norris Williamson and Alice Muriel Williamson

In poetry:

An aged fox near the place chanc'd to dwell,
Talkative, clever, and learned as well;
The boy his society used to prize,
Hearing with pleasure his wonders and lies.
"The Dilettante And The Critic" by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Be good, sweet maid, and let who can be clever;
Do lovely things, not dream them, all day long;
And so make Life, and Death, and that For Ever,
One grand sweet song.
"A Farewell" by Charles Kingsley
And young Sir Rat who did the deed,
Whose cleverness relieved their need,
His wondrous enterprise
Was lauded to the skies.
And everywhere his name
Was hailed with shouts of fame.
"How The Cat Was Belled" by Carolyn Wells
"You are old," said the youth; one would hardly suppose
That your eye was as steady as ever;
Yet you balanced an eel on the end of your nose —
What made you so awfully clever?"
"Father William" by Lewis Carroll
May you always be prosperous wherever you go,
Always gaining fresh friends, but never a foe,
Because you are good and a very clever man,
And to gainsay it there's few people can.
"A Tribute to Mr J. Graham Henderson, The World's Fair Judge" by William Topaz McGonagall
Both of the babes were strong and stout,
And, considering all things, clever.
Of that there is no manner of doubt -
No probable, possible shadow of doubt -
No possible doubt whatever.
"The Highly Respectable Gondolier" by William Schwenck Gilbert

In news:

Hornby wrote the review three years ago in the novel How to Be Good, cleverly disguising it as the musings of a woman comparing the bedroom tactics of her new lover, Steven, to those of her husband, David.
Opera Theater Oregon gives ' Old Maid and the Thief' a clever turn.
Michael Crichton seems pretty clever.
Aaron Sorkin's "Newsroom" is clever but overwrought .
You'll be a living doll with this clever costume idea.
But two parents came up with a pretty clever solution to pacify the passengers.
This recipe, modified just slightly from Ina Garten's, cleverly employs 1/2 cup blueberries for added depth of flavor and color.
It can be a power ruffle, a sexy frill, a clever camouflage: The peplum returns and waists can celebrate.
Don't look for any clever Pepsi Cola ads during next month's Super Bowl.
I met my confidential City Hall source (who, for lack of anything more clever, I'll call Husky Throat) in a darkened rear corner within the bowels of the 17th St parking garage, one day last week.
But they have an even creepier problem now: Clever degenerates are modifying their videocam's night-vision mode to see right through fabric, revealing all.
I had such a clever idea for this week's column: I would test a number of free online personal health record sites and write about the experience.
When the plan to add a second story to a century-old Montreal house crumbled due to a weak foundation, architect Marc-André Plasse eked out another 500 square feet with a clever multilevel addition on one side.
A collective of Super Heroes cleverly disguised as Artists on a mission of "Keepin' Evansville Funky".
Along with a reputation for clever and intimidating cheers, the students at Duke University relish their inspirational role in the performance of the school's basketball team.

In science:

Hence, those problems that require the inclusion of long range interactions very frequently can be tackled by employing potential theory in some clever way, with the standard problem being the solution of Poisson’s equation with Dirichlet boundary conditions at infinity.
Continuum multi-physics modeling with scripting languages: the Nsim simulation compiler prototype for classical field theory
However, we may give a clever proof of it by using Theorem 3.18 and the following Lemma 3.29.
A comprehensive connection between the basic results and properties derived from two kinds of topologies for a random locally convex module
By cleverly choosing the axes of the grid or employing an a posteriori weighting scheme, informative (but discrete) priors can be placed on the various CSP parameters; however, it is also possible to inadvertently choose pathological priors.
The Sloan Lens ACS Survey. IX. Colors, Lensing and Stellar Masses of Early-type Galaxies
The analytic part of our proof of Nekhoroshev’s estimates is therefore reduced to its bare minimum, it is nothing but a classical one-phase averaging, while our geometric part is based on a clever use of Dirichlet’s theorem along each solution.
Generic Nekhoroshev theory without small divisors
Verlinde very cleverly assumes less, gets the temperature from only an assumption about the equipartition of energy, and derives the Unruh formula relating acceleration to temperature.
Newtonian gravity in loop quantum gravity