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Clever vs. Cunning

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  • Clever (adjective)

    Nimble with hands or body; skillful; adept.

  • Clever (adjective)

    Resourceful, sometimes to the point of cunning.

    "clever like a fox"

  • Clever (adjective)

    Smart, intelligent, or witty; mentally quick or sharp.

  • Clever (adjective)

    Showing inventiveness or originality; witty.

  • Clever (adjective)

    Possessing magical abilities.

  • Clever (adjective)

    Fit; suitable; having propriety.

  • Clever (adjective)

    Well-shaped; handsome.

  • Clever (adjective)

    Good-natured; obliging.

  • Clever (adjective)

    Fit and healthy; free from fatigue or illness.

  • Cunning (adjective)

    Sly; crafty; clever in surreptitious behaviour.

  • Cunning (adjective)

    Skillful, artful.

  • Cunning (adjective)

    Wrought with, or exhibiting, skill or ingenuity; ingenious.

    "cunning work"

  • Cunning (adjective)

    Cute, appealing.

    "a cunning little boy''"

  • Cunning (noun)

    Practical knowledge or experience; aptitude in performance; skill, proficiency; dexterity.

  • Cunning (noun)

    Practical skill employed in a secret or crafty manner; craft; artifice; skillful deceit.

  • Cunning (noun)

    The disposition to employ one's skill in an artful manner; craftiness; guile; artifice; skill of being cunning, sly, conniving, or deceitful.

  • Cunning (noun)

    The natural wit or instincts of an animal.

    "the cunning of the fox or hare"

  • Cunning (noun)

    Knowledge; learning; special knowledge (sometimes implying occult or magical knowledge).

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Oxford Dictionary
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  • Clever (adjective)

    Possessing quickness of intellect, skill, dexterity, talent, or adroitness; expert.

  • Clever (adjective)

    Showing skill or adroitness in the doer or former; as, a clever speech; a clever trick.

  • Clever (adjective)

    Having fitness, propriety, or suitableness.

  • Clever (adjective)

    Well-shaped; handsome.

  • Clever (adjective)

    Good-natured; obliging.

  • Cunning (adjective)

    Knowing; skillful; dexterous.

  • Cunning (adjective)

    Wrought with, or exhibiting, skill or ingenuity; ingenious; curious; as, cunning work.

  • Cunning (adjective)

    Crafty; sly; artful; designing; deceitful.

  • Cunning (adjective)

    Pretty or pleasing; as, a cunning little boy.

  • Cunning (noun)

    Knowledge; art; skill; dexterity.

  • Cunning (noun)

    The faculty or act of using stratagem to accomplish a purpose; fraudulent skill or dexterity; deceit; craft.

Webster Dictionary
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  • Clever (adjective)

    skillful (or showing skill) in adapting means to ends;

    "cool prudence and sensitive selfishness along with quick perception of what is possible--these distinguish an adroit politician"

    "came up with a clever story"

    "an ingenious press agent"

    "an ingenious scheme"

  • Clever (adjective)

    showing self-interest and shrewdness in dealing with others;

    "a cagey lawyer"

    "too clever to be sound"

  • Clever (adjective)

    mentally quick and resourceful;

    "an apt pupil"

    "you are a clever man...you reason well and your wit is bold"

  • Clever (adjective)

    showing inventiveness and skill;

    "a clever gadget"

    "the cunning maneuvers leading to his success"

    "an ingenious solution to the problem"

  • Cunning (noun)

    shrewdness in deception;

    "as cunning as a fox"

  • Cunning (noun)

    shrewdness as demonstrated by being skilled in deception

  • Cunning (noun)

    drafty artfulness (especially in deception)

  • Cunning (adjective)

    attractive especially by means of smallness or prettiness or quaintness;

    "a cute kid with pigtails"

    "a cute little apartment"

    "cunning kittens"

    "a cunning baby"

  • Cunning (adjective)

    marked by skill in deception;

    "cunning men often pass for wise"

    "deep political machinations"

    "a foxy scheme"

    "a slick evasive answer"

    "sly as a fox"

    "tricky Dik"

    "a wily old attorney"

  • Cunning (adjective)

    showing inventiveness and skill;

    "a clever gadget"

    "the cunning maneuvers leading to his success"

    "an ingenious solution to the problem"

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