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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Clever  \Clev"er\,  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. 
 
  Though  there  were  many  clever  men  in  England  during 
  the  latter  half  of  the  seventeenth  century,  there 
  were  only  two  great  creative  minds.  --Macaulay. 
 
  Be  good,  sweet  maid,  and  let  who  will  be  clever. 
  --C.  Kingsley. 
 
  2.  Showing  skill  or  adroitness  in  the  doer  or  former;  as  a 
  clever  speech;  a  clever  trick.  --Byron. 
 
  3.  Having  fitness,  propriety,  or  suitableness. 
 
  ``T  would  sound  more  clever  To  me  and  to  my  heirs 
  forever.  --Swift. 
 
  4.  Well-shaped;  handsome.  ``The  girl  was  a  tight,  clever 
  wench  as  any  was.''  --Arbuthnot. 
 
  5.  Good-natured;  obliging.  [U.  S.] 
 
  Syn:  See  {Smart}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  clever 
  adj  1:  skillful  (or  showing  skill)  in  adapting  means  to  ends  "cool 
  prudence  and  sensitive  selfishness  along  with  quick 
  perception  of  what  is  possible--these  distinguish  an 
  adroit  politician";  "came  up  with  a  clever  story";  "an 
  ingenious  press  agent";  "an  ingenious  scheme"  [syn:  {adroit}, 
  {ingenious}] 
  2:  showing  self-interest  and  shrewdness  in  dealing  with  others 
  "a  cagey  lawyer";  "too  clever  to  be  sound"  [syn:  {cagey}, 
  {cagy},  {canny}] 
  3:  mentally  quick  and  resourceful;  "an  apt  pupil";  "you  are  a 
  clever  man...you  reason  well  and  your  wit  is  bold"-Bram 
  Stoker  [syn:  {apt}] 
  4:  showing  inventiveness  and  skill;  "a  clever  gadget";  "the 
  cunning  maneuvers  leading  to  his  success"";  "an  ingenious 
  solution  to  the  problem"  [syn:  {cunning},  {ingenious}] 
 
  From  U.S.  Gazetteer  (1990)  [gazetteer]: 
 
  Clever,  MO  (city,  FIPS  14788) 
  Location:  37.02980  N,  93.47112  W 
  Population  (1990):  580  (253  housing  units) 
  Area:  1.7  sq  km  (land),  0.0  sq  km  (water) 
  Zip  code(s):  65631 




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