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  • adjective rare Somewhat clever.

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  • adjective Somewhat clever.
  • adjective colloquial Quite clever.


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clever +‎ -ish


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  • There is a certain kind of cleverish men, either half educated or cock-brained by nature, who are attached to that same turnipology.

    The Journal of Sir Walter Scott From the Original Manuscript at Abbotsford Walter Scott 1801

  • Those are divots. see, that's funny. badly executed but cleverish.

    Proper Grooming Jen 2009

  • Reading this back, the humor is way too cleverish and droll.

    HH Com 91 Miss Snark 2006

  • It revived because it was all there was to revive in them; and it met with all too ready and natural an acceptance among those endless myriads of cleverish active people who were now trying to get private businesses and private profit systems going before it became too late for ever, between the expanding system — of the

    The Shape of Things to Come Herbert George 2006

  • He was a thin, foxy-faced fellow, cleverish but monstrously vain, and he was not very popular either with the Germans or the Turks.

    Greenmantle 2005

  • "At a literary scamp's -- a cleverish man called Burley."

    The International Monthly Magazine, Volume 5, No. 1, January, 1852 Various

  • Many cleverish trainers, and still more ambitious backers of the "Corinthian Jay" species, have had a shy, professionally or monetarily, at the "Woolwich Whopper," and invariably with disastrous results.

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 100, March 7, 1891 Various

  • For, to make no mention of the vulgar buffooneries of Bunn or Grattan, we hold that neither the exalted and irrepressible prosiness of Dr. Charles Mackay, nor the cleverish magic-lantern pictures of that good-natured book-maker, Mr. Anthony

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 12, No. 71, September, 1863 Various

  • Leonard made rapid strides, and learned more in those six weeks than many a cleverish boy does in twice as many months.

    Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Vol. 3, July, 1851 Various

  • He was a dapper little man, with a cleverish, weakling cast of face, and was all on the jump with the turn things had taken.

    The Yeoman Adventurer George W. Gough


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