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.
Be good, sweet maid, and let who will be
2. Showing skill or adroitness in the
doer or former; as, a clever speech; a clever
3. Having fitness, propriety, or
"T would sound more clever
To me and to my heirs forever.
4. Well-shaped; handsome. "The girl
was a tight, clever wench as any was."
5. Good-natured; obliging. [U.
Syn. -- See Smart.