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UK [ˈklevə(r)] / US [ˈklevər] adjective
Word forms "clever":
adjective clever comparative cleverer superlative cleverest
1) good at learning or understanding things

Tony was a charming and clever man.

I'd like to be a doctor but I'm not clever enough.

a clever boy/girl:

What a clever boy you are!

a) good at achieving what you want, especially by using unusual or slightly dishonest methods

She had a clever lawyer, and was never punished for the murder.

b) good at doing something
clever at doing something:

He's clever at concealing his feelings about her.

clever with:

To be a carpenter you've got to be clever with your hands (= good at making things).

2)
a) a clever idea or action is unusual but effective and intelligent

It was a clever idea to sell the boat.

The clever use of colour can make fine hair look thick.

Using the Welsh name was a clever marketing ploy.

b) a clever tool, machine, or invention is unusual but good and effective

This is a very clever piece of software.

3) British informal saying annoying or offensive things to make yourself look better than someone
clever with:

Don't try and get clever with me.

4) British spoken humorous used for saying that what someone has done is stupid

"I left the door unlocked all night." "That was clever."

not feel/look too cleverBritish

informal to feel or look ill


See:
good II

Derived words:
cleverly
UK / US adverb
cleverness
noun uncountable

English dictionary. 2014.

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