[ US /ˈkɫɛvɝ/ ]
[ UK /klˈɛvɐ/ ]
  1. showing inventiveness and skill
    a clever gadget
    an ingenious solution to the problem
    the cunning maneuvers leading to his success
  2. mentally quick and resourceful
    an apt pupil
    you are a clever man...you reason well and your wit is bold
  3. showing self-interest and shrewdness in dealing with others
    too clever to be sound
    a cagey lawyer
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How To Use clever In A Sentence

  • The demographic argument is a favorite of clever rejectionists.
  • But I doubt anything will compare to the light and clever touch she displays in CCF! Stella Gibbons's novel Cold Comfort Farm is a masterpiece
  • The prose is of a rare stateliness and intelligence, studded with clever, sometimes almost epigrammatic mots.
  • deucedly clever
  • John Malkovich's clever turn as the trainer Lucien Laurin leavens the earnest material. The Short List: A Guide to This Week's Arts and Entertainment
  • Yet the confusing thing about her mania, says Todd, is her ability to remain articulate, clever and funny.
  • Modder River, when all day long most of our men were quite unable to discover on which side of the stream the Boer entrenchments were, and in what they called clever trickery, but we called treachery, they are absolutely unsurpassable. With the Guards' Brigade from Bloemfontein to Koomati Poort and Back
  • Yeah, he's a pop genius, but his cool, affable swagger and clever repartee are the perfect complement to the more extroverted, outgoing personalities of Dahle and Ms. Case.
  • The obscurity of the pleading which is, if I may so with respect to the drafter of it, exceedingly clever, because the pleading is in terms always of a duty of care to do something and it is there the elision of two very separate ideas.
  • It's a clever business tactic: Not only is the donation tax-deductible, but participating nonprofits bring in their lists, and shoppers are incentivized to buy, knowing the profits go to worthy causes. Artful Style on the Bowery
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