Basic+ Word of the Day: clever

clever (adjective) LISTEN

Clever girl

Someone who is quick to understand something is clever.

  • The clever student raised her hand before the teacher finished asking his question.

Clever can mean ‘inventive or ingenious.’

  • That's a clever solution; it solves our problem.

Clever can also mean ‘smart in a dishonest way.’

  • The businessman's scheme was clever; he made millions of dollars but owed no taxes.

Related words

Cleverly is an adverb that means ‘in a clever way’, and cleverness is what clever people have.

In pop culture

Watch this video of “5 Clever Life Hacks” Life hacks are shortcuts or tricks that make life easier. Which one is your favorite?

There are other meanings of clever.

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