from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Marked by inventive skill and imagination.
- adj. Having or arising from an inventive or cunning mind; clever: an ingenious scheme. See Synonyms at clever.
- adj. Obsolete Having genius; brilliant.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Displaying genius or brilliance; tending to invent.
- adj. Characterized by genius; cleverly done or contrived.
- adj. Witty; original; shrewd; adroit; keen; sagacious.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Possessed of genius, or the faculty of invention; skillful or promp to invent; having an aptitude to contrive, or to form new combinations.
- adj. Proceeding from, pertaining to, or characterized by, genius or ingenuity; of curious design, structure, or mechanism
- adj. Witty; shrewd; adroit; keen; sagacious.
- adj. Mental; intellectual.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Possessing inventive genius or faculty; apt in inventing, contriving, or constructing; skilful in the use of things or words: as, an ingenious mechanic; an ingenious author.
- Mentally bright or clever; witty; conversable.
- Marked or characterized by inventive genius; displaying or proceeding from skill in contrivance or construction; witty or clever in form or spirit; well conceived; apt: as, an ingenious machine; an ingenious process or performance; ingenious criticism.
- Manifesting or requiring mental brightness or cleverness; intellectual; improving.
- Synonyms Inventive, bright, acute, constructive. See genius.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. showing inventiveness and skill
Middle English, from Old French ingenios, from Latin ingeniōsus, from ingenium, inborn talent; see genə- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin ingeniosus ("endowed with good natural capacity, gifted with genius"), from ingenium ("innate or natural quality, natural capacity, genius"), from in ("in") + gignere ("to produce"), Old Latin genere. Compare French ingénieux; see also engine. (Wiktionary)