What is another word for clever?

Synonyms for clever
ˈklɛv ərclever

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  1. cleveradjective

    quick-witted, sharp-witted

    dull, stupid

  2. cleveradjective

    naive, ineffectual

  3. cleveradjective


English Synonyms and Antonyms

  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.

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

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

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. clever

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

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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. cagey, cagy, canny, cleveradjective

    showing self-interest and shrewdness in dealing with others

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

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

    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

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

    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"

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

    stupid, maladroit, unintelligent

Editors Contribution

  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 Synonymes

  1. cleveradjective

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

  2. cleveradjective

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

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. cleveradjective

    adroit, skillful, expert, ingenious, deft, dexterous

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How to use clever in a sentence?

  1. Michael Evans:

    That was a complete scam and fraud, it was a very clever, deceptive plan by Islamic radicals.

  2. Ben Burville:

    Theyre very clever animals, they will try and prise the diving gear off my head -- but they know the difference between what is gear and what is my face. They wouldnt dig their flippers into my face.

  3. Mehmet Murat ildan:

    In a stupid society, a clever man can come into the power; but in a clever society no stupid can come into the power!

  4. Johann von Goethe:

    A clever man commits no minor blunders.

  5. Edward Loure:

    The Hadzabe have a very rich culture that will be lost if their land is taken away from them, they are very clever and have expertise in animal tracking, making traditional weapons to hunt and gather fruits, roots and honey from the forest.

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    • A. Contradictory
    • B. Demented
    • C. Ignorant
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