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 ingeniōsus from ingenium inborn talent ; see genə- 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.