clever


clever
I
(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
adj. adroit, skillful; talented, adept, gifted; smart, cute. See skill, cunning. Ant., dull, witless.
II
(Roget's IV) modif.
1. [Mentally quick]
Syn. smart, bright, intelligent, quick, shrewd, ingenious, cunning, sharp, keen, astute, witty, quick-witted, sharp-witted, quick-thinking, amusing, scintilLating, inventive, resourceful, original, talented, gifted, apt, facile, glib, precocious, brainy*, sharp as a tack*, quick on the uptake*, quick on the trigger*; see also intelligent 1 , sly 1 .
2. [Apt, particularly with one's hands]
Syn. skillful, expert, adroit; see able 1 , 2 .
Syn.- clever , implies quick-wittedness or adroitness, as in contriving the solution to a problem [ a clever reply ] ; cunning suggests Great skill or ingenuity, but often implies deception or craftiness [cunning as a fox ] ; ingenious stresses inventive skill, as in origination or fabrication [ an ingenious device ] ; shrewd suggests cleverness and acumen accompanied by practicality [ a shrewd judge of character ] , sometimes verging on craftiness [ a shrewd politician ] See also Synonym Study at intelligent .
III
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) a.
intelligent, adroit, bright, ingenious, smart, dexterous, shrewd, quick, witty, facile, *brainy, versatile, sharp, savvy, inventive, capable, handy, resourceful, imaginative.
ANT.: stupid, bovine, dull, moronic
IV
(Roget's Thesaurus II) adjective 1. Mentally quick and original: alert, bright, intelligent, keen1, quick, quick-witted, sharp, sharp-witted, smart. Idiom: smart as a whip. See ABILITY. 2. Exhibiting or possessing skill and ease in performance: adroit, deft, dexterous, facile, handy, nimble, slick. See ABILITY. 3. Amusing or pleasing because of wit or originality: scintillating, smart, sparkling, witty. See LAUGHTER.

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