Definition of ingenious in English:

ingenious

adjective

  • 1(of a person) clever, original, and inventive.

    ‘he was ingenious enough to overcome the limited budget’
    • ‘Yes, Donne's tricky and ingenious and he's enjoying his ingenuity.’
    • ‘We are ingenious and we make great things, be it art, music or inventions.’
    • ‘Who save this party, too ingenious for words, would advocate support for England's World Cup efforts?’
    • ‘And soup is one dish the ingenious Shanghainese have even endowed with seasonal features.’
    • ‘Can there be any doubt that Hou is the most ingenious master of our time?’
    • ‘On the other hand, a lot of people were saying, well look, he's an ingenious guy.’
    • ‘She is an ingenious poet, a brilliant performer, a funny person, and serious thinker.’
    • ‘It was an unfortunate combination of poor building design and a couple of bright minds ingenious enough to take advantage of it.’
    • ‘The filmmakers were quite ingenious in imposing the needs of the medium on their depiction of Nash.’
    • ‘So to the extent that you can personify methodology I see him as ingenious but erratic.’
    • ‘What you have to believe is that humans are a very inventive and ingenious species.’
    • ‘An ingenious person should multiply the kinds of congress after the fashion of the different kinds of beasts and of birds.’
    • ‘The islanders are a singular, ingenious people, in common with most of the world's island - dwellers.’
    • ‘The Code may have been a heavy burden, but many moviemakers were ingenious enough to adapt.’
    • ‘I was pleasantly surprised to find my ingenious, distant relative had a setup I had never imagined.’
    inventive, creative, imaginative, original, innovative, resourceful, enterprising, insightful, inspired, perceptive, intuitive
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    1. 1.1 (of a machine or idea) cleverly and originally devised and well suited to its purpose.
      ‘ingenious devices’
      ‘his theory, while ingenious, is most assuredly incorrect’
      • ‘People, children, have some ingenious ways of coping with the impossible and the unbearable.’
      • ‘This is used to refer to anyone capable of finding ingenious solutions to problems.’
      • ‘Before the invention of refrigerators, ingenious ways were found to keep food cold.’
      • ‘It cannot be the function of the court to decide how clever or ingenious a particular invention was.’
      • ‘This elaborate and ingenious argument breaks down at a number of points.’
      • ‘The outlaw's intelligence is often displayed in his ingenious escapes.’
      • ‘Imagine if you could summon the nerve to design an ingenious plot that would slowly peel him or her apart.’
      • ‘I was shocked at the ingenious methods people would use to get money to buy drugs.’
      • ‘The elaborate subterfuge is often ingenious, but not enough to sustain an entire movie.’
      • ‘Originality and innovation brings intelligent and ingenious solutions to problems.’
      • ‘It is indubitably ingenious and capable of delivering the peace we all yearn for.’
      • ‘Another ingenious invention was a system to prevent early starts in the foot races.’
      • ‘And this was an ingenious insight; how voice is like a kind of a spectral ghost.’
      • ‘The paint knife is an ingenious invention that squirts paint when pressure is applied to the blade.’
      • ‘No ingenious sophistry can overthrow this fact of experience.’
      • ‘Each method used is an ingenious result of intelligent and creative thinking.’
      • ‘The company has a reputation for inventive adaptations, ingenious design and musical innovation.’
      • ‘An English geologist has come up with one of the most ingenious ideas yet suggested.’
      • ‘The first problem with my ingenious master scheme was that I had no idea how to go about doing this.’
      • ‘Using the concept of tax relief as the means of reparation is also an ingenious idea.’

Origin

Late Middle English: from French ingénieux or Latin ingeniosus, from ingenium ‘mind, intellect’; compare with engine.

Pronunciation

ingenious

/ɪnˈdʒiːnɪəs/