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Synonyms for clever
ˈklɛv ərclever

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Wiktionary4.0 / 3 votes

  1. cleveradjective

    Synonyms:
    quick-witted, sharp-witted

    Antonyms:
    dull, stupid

  2. cleveradjective

    Antonyms:
    naive, ineffectual

  3. cleveradjective

    Antonyms:
    clumsy

English Synonyms and Antonyms4.5 / 2 votes

  1. clever

    Clever, as used in England, especially implies an aptitude for study or learning, and for excellent tho not preeminent mental achievement. The early New England usage as implying simple and weak good nature has largely affected the use of the word throughout the United States, where it has never been much in favor. Smart, indicating dashing ability, is now coming to have a suggestion of unscrupulousness, similar to that of the word sharp, which makes its use a doubtful compliment. The discriminating use of such words as able, gifted, talented, etc., is greatly preferable to an excessive use of the word clever. Compare ACUMEN; ASTUTE; POWER.

    Synonyms:
    able, adroit, apt, bright, capable, dexterous, expert, gifted, happy, ingenious, intellectual, intelligent, keen, knowing, quick, quick-witted, sharp, skilful, smart, talented

    Antonyms:
    awkward, bungling, clumsy, dull, foolish, idiotic, ignorant, senseless, slow, stupid, thick-headed, witless

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms3.0 / 2 votes

  1. clever

    Synonyms:
    able, ready, talented, quick, ingenious, dexterous, adroit, expert, gifted, quick-witted, skillful, well-contrived

    Antonyms:
    weak, dull, stupid, slow, illcontrived, doltish, uninventive, awkward, clumsy, bungling, botched

Princeton's WordNet4.5 / 2 votes

  1. cagey, cagy, canny, cleveradjective

    showing self-interest and shrewdness in dealing with others

    "a cagey lawyer"; "too clever to be sound"

    Synonyms:
    cagey, ingenious, chary, cagy, apt, cunning, canny

    Antonyms:
    unintelligent, stupid, maladroit

  2. apt, cleveradjective

    mentally quick and resourceful

    "an apt pupil"; "you are a clever man...you reason well and your wit is bold"-Bram Stoker

    Synonyms:
    disposed(p), minded(p), cagey, given(p), ingenious, apt(p), cagy, apt, cunning, tending(p), liable(p), canny, apposite, pertinent

    Antonyms:
    stupid, unintelligent, maladroit

  3. clever, cunning, ingeniousadjective

    showing inventiveness and skill

    "a clever gadget"; "the cunning maneuvers leading to his success"; "an ingenious solution to the problem"

    Synonyms:
    tricksy, canny, cunning, cagy, slick, sly, cute, cagey, wily, apt, ingenious, knavish, crafty, guileful, dodgy, tricky, foxy

    Antonyms:
    stupid, maladroit, unintelligent

Editors Contribution0.0 / 0 votes

  1. smart

    to understand quickly.

    he is so smart

    Submitted by anonymous on September 22, 2020  
  2. anansi

    Submitted by anonymous on November 19, 2019  

Dictionary of English Synonymes1.0 / 1 vote

  1. cleveradjective

    Synonyms:
    dexterous, skilful, apt, handy, ready, quick, smart, expert, able

  2. cleveradjective

    Synonyms:
    [U. S.] kind, benign, amiable, obliging, accommodating, well-meaning, well-disposed, good-natured, kind-hearted

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words0.0 / 0 votes

  1. cleveradjective

    Synonyms:
    adroit, skillful, expert, ingenious, deft, dexterous

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How to use clever in a sentence?

  1. William of Baskerville:

    So, rather than appear foolish afterward, I renounce seeming clever now.

  2. Justin Humphreys:

    The Airstream design team incorporated a number of clever design elements in order to maximize every square inch of Nest’s 16 feet, we’ve never had this much storage in a 16-foot travel trailer.

  3. Tim Winter:

    TLC once stood for The Learning Channel…and now it stands for Totally Ludacris Content, it’s pathetic and it’s desperate. It’s a strategic blunder. You have to have a brand for your programing and a program like ‘Sex in Public’ is going to help nobody. It may be clever in terms of ‘oh they’re going to a food court to talk to about their sexual appetite’ but at the end of the day this is explicit content, it’s on a network that has built a brand on other types of content. I just don’t think it’s going to fit.

  4. Ben Carson:

    They were very, very smart, clever, but they were trapped in a system.

  5. Robert Thompson:

    Time difference will make a big difference and yes, people will take advantage of the time shifting, something that started with clever VCR owners back in 1981 for the Charles-Diana wedding, and is much easier now.


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