- skillful in doing something; adroit; dexterous
- quick in thinking or learning; intelligent, ingenious, quick-witted, witty, facile, etc.
- showing ingenuity or quick, sometimes superficial, intelligence: a clever book
- amiable; good-natured
- handsome, convenient, nice, etc.
Origin of cleverMiddle English cliver, probably from East Frisian klüfer or Norwegian dialect, dialectal klöver, ready, skillful; uncertain or unknown; perhaps influenced, influence by Old English clifer, claw, hand, in the sense, “adroit with the hand”: for the latter sense development, see adroit, dexterous