Mentally quick and original; bright: a clever student. Skilled at accomplishing things, especially with the hands: a clever carpenter. Crafty; cunning:"a hard-working kid who rose from poverty, only to be duped by rich, clever bankers"(Jeff Goodell). Exhibiting ingenuity or imagination; creative or artful: a clever experiment. Witty; amusing: an evening of clever repartee. Characterized by cunning or shrewdness: clever manipulation of public opinion. New England Easily managed; docile:"Oxen must be pretty clever to be bossed around the way they are"(Dialect Notes). Chiefly Southern US Good-natured; amiable.