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definition of the word clever

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clever (comparative cleverer or more clever, superlative cleverest or most clever)


cleverer or more clever

cleverest or most clever

  1. mentally sharp or bright, witty; possessing quick or able intelligence
  2. nimble with hands or body
    • Though there were many clever men in England during the latter half of the seventeenth century, there were only two great creative minds.--Macaulay.
    • Be good, sweet maid, and let who will be clever.--C. Kingsley.
  3. superficially skillful, resourceful
  4. showing inventiveness or originality
  5. (Australian Aboriginal) possessing magical abilities
    • 1904, Journal & Proceedings of the Royal Society of New South Wales, Vol. XXXVIII
      When a clever man is out hunting ... he ... talks to the footprints all the time for the purpose of injecting magic into the animal which made them.
    • 1947, Oceania, Vol. XVII
      The two women, who were ‘clever’, and possessed a certain amount of magical ‘power’, ...
    • 1991, John & Sue Erbacher, Aborigines of the Rainforest
      Fred is the clever fellow or tribal doctor who practises with the Kuku-Yalanji people. The tribal doctor’s work includes curing sickness, finding out the causes of death, predicting the future and making and stopping rain.

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