1 skilled, talented, skilful, adroit, dexterous, gifted, agile, quick-witted, intelligent, perceptive, discerning, sharp, sharp-witted, adept, able, Colloq brainy:
She was very clever at mathematics.
2 shrewd, cunning, guileful, canny, artful, crafty, sly, wily, foxy:
It was a clever move to sound out the chairman before the meeting.
3 intelligent, wise, sage, sagacious; ingenious, original, resourceful, Daedalian, inventive, creative, smart, imaginative:
It was very clever of her to memorize the record-book for the competition.
4 deft, adroit, nimble-fingered, dexterous, handy, skilful:
The old woman is clever with her hands.
be, seem, sound
awfully, extraordinarily, extremely, incredibly, really, very | pretty, quite, rather
I'm not very clever at maths.
clever with his hands
too clever by half
Bob irritates me?he's too clever by half!
| too clever for your own good
2 (of a thing) ingenious
extremely, fiendishly, really, very
a simple yet fiendishly clever idea
| quite, rather
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