The definition of ingenious is clever and inventive, or someone who is smart, clever or original.
A brand new idea for a much-needed product is an example of aningenious idea.
- Obs. having genius; having great mental ability
- clever, resourceful, original, and inventive
- made or done in a clever or original way
Origin of ingeniousLate Middle English ; from Middle French ingenieux ; from Classical Latin ingeniosus, of good capacity, gifted with genius, ingenious ; from ingenium, innate quality, ability ; from in-, in + gignere: see genus
- Having great inventive skill and imagination: an ingenious negotiator.
- Marked by or exhibiting originality or inventiveness: an ingenious solution to the problem.
- Obsolete Having genius; brilliant.
Origin of ingeniousMiddle English, from Old French ingenios, from Latin ingeni&omacron;sus, from ingenium, inborn talent; see gen&schwa;- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more ingenious, superlative most ingenious)
- Displaying genius or brilliance; tending to invent.
- This fellow is ingenious; he fixed a problem I didn't even know I had.
- Characterized by genius; cleverly done or contrived.
- That is an ingenious model of the atom.
- Witty; original; shrewd; adroit; keen; sagacious.
- He sent me an ingenious reply for an email.
Do not confuse with ingenuous.