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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [klev-er]
    • /ˈklɛv ər/
    • /ˈklev.əl.i/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [klev-er]
    • /ˈklɛv ər/

Definitions of cleverly word

  • adjective cleverly mentally bright; having sharp or quick intelligence; able. 1
  • adjective cleverly superficially skillful, witty, or original in character or construction; facile: It was an amusing, clever play, but of no lasting value. 1
  • adjective cleverly showing inventiveness or originality; ingenious: His clever device was the first to solve the problem. 1
  • adjective cleverly adroit with the hands or body; dexterous or nimble. 1
  • adjective cleverly Older Use. suitable; convenient; satisfactory. good-natured. handsome. in good health. 1
  • noun cleverly Wittily; in a tricky manner. 1

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Origin of cleverly

First appearance:

before 1175
One of the 8% oldest English words
1175-1225; Middle English cliver, akin to Old English clifer claw, clife burdock. See cleavers

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Parts of speech for Cleverly


cleverly popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 94% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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Synonyms for cleverly

adv cleverly

  • intelligently — having good understanding or a high mental capacity; quick to comprehend, as persons or animals: an intelligent student.
  • shrewdly — astute or sharp in practical matters: a shrewd politician.
  • wittily — possessing wit in speech or writing; amusingly clever in perception and expression: a witty writer.
  • astutely — of keen penetration or discernment; sagacious: an astute analysis.
  • sensibly — having, using, or showing good sense or sound judgment: a sensible young woman.

adverb cleverly

  • smartly — to be a source of sharp, local, and usually superficial pain, as a wound.

Antonyms for cleverly

adv cleverly

  • awkwardly — lacking skill or dexterity. Synonyms: clumsy, inept; unskillful, unhandy, inexpert. Antonyms: deft, adroit, skillful, dexterous; handy.
  • clumsily — awkward in movement or action; without skill or grace: He is very clumsy and is always breaking things.
  • unskilful — not skillful; clumsy or bungling.

adverb cleverly

  • ineptly — without skill or aptitude for a particular task or assignment; maladroit: He is inept at mechanical tasks. She is inept at dealing with people.

Top questions with cleverly

  • how to cleverly ask a girl out?

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