clever

[[t]kle̱və(r)[/t]]
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cleverer, cleverest
1) ADJ-GRADED Someone who is clever is intelligent and able to understand things easily or plan things well.

He's a very clever man...

My sister was always a lot cleverer than I was...

Her mother was clever at many things.

Derived words:
cleverly ADV-GRADED

She would cleverly pick up on what I said.

cleverness N-UNCOUNT

Her cleverness seems to get in the way of her emotions.

2) ADJ-GRADED: usu ADJ n A clever idea, book, or invention is extremely effective and shows the skill of the people involved.

It is a clever and gripping novel, yet something is missing from its heart...

A colleague of mine in Milan devised the following very clever little experiment.

...this clever new gadget.

Syn:
Derived words:
cleverly ADV-GRADED ADV -ed

...a cleverly designed swimsuit.

3) PHRASE (disapproval) If someone is too clever by half, they are very clever and they show their cleverness in a way that annoys other people. [BRIT]

His many admirers describe him as clever: his enemies as too clever by half.


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