[klev-er] /ˈklɛv ər/
adjective, cleverer, cleverest.
mentally bright; having sharp or quick intelligence; able.
superficially skillful, witty, or original in character or construction; facile:
It was an amusing, clever play, but of no lasting value.
showing inventiveness or originality; ingenious:
His clever device was the first to solve the problem.
adroit with the hands or body; dexterous or nimble.
displaying sharp intelligence or mental alertness
adroit or dexterous, esp with the hands
smart in a superficial way
(Brit, informal) sly; cunning
(predicative; used with a negative) (dialect) healthy; fit
1580s, “handy, dexterous,” apparently from East Anglian dialectal cliver “expert at seizing,” perhaps from East Frisian klüfer “skillful,” or Norwegian dialectic klover “ready, skillful,” and perhaps influenced by Old English clifer “claw, hand” (early usages seem to refer to dexterity). Or perhaps akin to Old Norse kleyfr “easy to split” and from a root related to cleave “to split.” Extension to intellect is first recorded 1704.
This is a low word, scarcely ever used but in burlesque or conversation; and applied to any thing a man likes, without a settled meaning. [Johnson, 1755]
The meaning has narrowed since, but clever also often in old use and dialect meant “well-shaped, attractive-looking” and in 19c. American English sometimes “good-natured, agreeable.” Related: Cleverly; cleverness.
[kleevz] /klivz/ noun 1. a city in W North Rhine-Westphalia, in W Germany. [kley-vuh for 1; kleev for 2] /ˈkleɪ və for 1; kliv for 2/ noun 1. Per Teodor [par tey-aw-dawr] /pær ˈteɪ ɔˌdɔr/ (Show IPA), 1840–1905, Swedish chemist. 2. a male given name.
[klev-is] /ˈklɛv ɪs/ noun 1. a U -shaped yoke at the end of a chain or rod, between the ends of which a lever, hook, etc., can be pinned or bolted. /ˈklɛvɪs/ noun 1. the U-shaped component of a shackle for attaching a drawbar to a plough or similar implement n. “U-shaped iron bar with […]
[kloo] /klu/ noun 1. (def 1). 2. Nautical. either lower corner of a square sail or the after lower corner of a fore-and-aft sail. 3. a ball or skein of thread, yarn, etc. 4. Usually, clews. the rigging for a hammock. 5. Theater. a metal device holding scenery lines controlled by one weighted line. 6. […]
noun, Nautical. 1. one of the ropes or tackles used to raise the clews of a square sail to the upper yard or mast. noun 1. (nautical) any of several lines fastened to the clews of a square sail and used for furling it