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Clever, Smart and Stupid

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clev·er (klvr)

adj. clev·er·er, clev·er·est

1. Mentally quick and original; bright.

2. Nimble with the hands or body; dexterous.



smart (smärt)

adj. smart·er, smart·est


a. Characterized by sharp quick thought; bright. See Synonyms at intelligent.

b. Amusingly clever; witty: a smart quip; a lively, smart conversation.

c. Impertinent; insolent: That's enough of your smart talk.

2. Energetic or quick in movement: a smart pace.

3. Canny and shrewd in dealings with others: a smart negotiator.

4. Fashionable; elegant: a smart suit; a smart restaurant; the smart set. See Synonyms at fashionable.


a. Of, relating to, or being a highly automated device, especially one that imitates human intelligence: smart missiles.

b. Manufactured to regulate the amount of light transmitted in response to varying light conditions or to an electronic sensor or control unit: smart windows.

6. New England & Southern U.S. Accomplished; talented: He's a right smart ball player.

intr.v. smart·ed, smart·ing, smarts


a. To cause a sharp, usually superficial, stinging pain: The slap delivered to my face smarted.

b. To be the location of such a pain: The incision on my leg smarts.

c. To feel such a pain.

2. To suffer acutely, as from mental distress, wounded feelings, or remorse: "No creature smarts so little as a fool" Alexander Pope.

3. To suffer or pay a heavy penalty.


1. Sharp mental or physical pain. See Synonyms at pain.

2. smarts Slang Intelligence; expertise: a reporter with a lot of smarts.




stu·pid (stpd, sty-)

adj. stu·pid·er, stu·pid·est

1. Slow to learn or understand; obtuse.

2. Tending to make poor decisions or careless mistakes.

3. Marked by a lack of intelligence or care; foolish or careless: a stupid mistake.

4. Dazed, stunned, or stupefied.

5. Pointless; worthless: a stupid job.


wise 1 (wz)

adj. wis·er, wis·est

1. Having the ability to discern or judge what is true, right, or lasting; sagacious: a wise leader.


a. Exhibiting common sense; prudent: a wise decision.

b. Shrewd; crafty.

3. Having great learning; erudite.

4. Provided with information; informed. Used with to: was wise to the politics of the department.

5. Slang Rude and disrespectful; impudent.

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