Definition of ingenious in US English:

ingenious

adjective

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

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

Usage

Ingenious and ingenuous are often confused. Ingenious means ‘clever, skillful, resourceful’ (an ingenious device), while ingenuous means ‘artless, frank’ (charmed by the ingenuous honesty of the child)

Origin

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

Pronunciation

ingenious

/ɪnˈdʒinjəs//inˈjēnyəs/