(?), a. [Origin uncertain. Cf. OE. cliver eager, AS. clyfer (in comp.) cloven; or clifer a claw, perh. connected with E. cleave to divide, split, the meaning of E. clever perh. coming from the idea of grasping, seizing (with the mind).] 1. Possessing quickness of intellect, skill, dexterity, talent, or adroitness; expert.
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Though there were many clever men in England during the latter half of the seventeenth century, there were only two great creative minds.
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Be good, sweet maid, and let who will be clever.
C. Kingsley.
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2. Showing skill or adroitness in the doer or former; as, a clever speech; a clever trick. Byron.
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3. Having fitness, propriety, or suitableness.
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"T would sound more clever
To me and to my heirs forever.
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4. Well-shaped; handsome. "The girl was a tight, clever wench as any was." Arbuthnot.
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5. Good-natured; obliging. [U. S.]

Syn. -- See Smart.
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