clever


clever
adjective
1 especially BrE able to learn and understand things quickly; intelligent: a clever student | You tied your shoes up yourself? What a clever girl!
2 able to use your intelligence to get what you want, especially in a slightly dishonest way: a clever lawyer's tricks
3 especially BrE skilful at doing a particular thing: Bill's very clever with his hands. | clever at doing sth: Deborah's clever at getting people to co-operate.
4 designed in an unusual way that is very effective: What a clever little gadget! | Now that's a clever idea.
5 BrE spoken used jokingly when someone has done something silly or stupid: -When I got to the library I found I'd left the books at home.- -That was clever!-
6 clever clogs/dick BrE spoken used to describe someone who is annoying because they are always right or always think they are right: All right, clever clogs, we'll do it your way!
7 be too clever by half BrE spoken to be annoying because you are confident about your own intelligence or abilities
- cleverly adverb - cleverness noun (U)

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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