Mentally quick and original; bright. Nimble with the hands or body; dexterous. Exhibiting quick-wittedness: a clever story. New England Easily managed; docile: "Oxen must be pretty clever to be bossed around the way they are\u201d ( Dialect Notes). New England Affable but not especially smart. Chiefly Southern U.S. Good-natured; amiable. See Regional Note at ugly.