Definition of cleverness in English:



  • [mass noun] The quality of being clever; intelligence or shrewdness.

    ‘people marvelled at his cleverness’
    ‘the cleverness of her strategy’
    • ‘The failure of love punctuates much of the intellectual cleverness of Farrell's works.’
    • ‘Reinventing and inverting images of Irishness, Jordan associates him with intelligence, cleverness, and wit.’
    • ‘However, her cleverness and talent for witty banter makes it so she never comes across as being oppressed.’
    • ‘Merlin smiled inwardly at the cleverness and competence of his young student.’
    • ‘Your compilers seem to have confused cleverness with wisdom.’
    shrewdness, astuteness, sharp-wittedness, quick-wittedness, acuteness, acuity
    intelligence, brilliance, genius, intellect
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