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Meaning of ingenious by Wiktionary Dictionary


    Alternative forms


    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 .


    • Rhymes: -iːniəs


    ingenious ( comparative more ingenious, superlative most ingenious )

    1. Displaying genius or brilliance; tending to invent .
      This fellow is ingenious; he fixed a problem I didn't even know I had .
    2. Characterized by genius; cleverly done or contrived .
      That is an ingenious model of the atom .
    3. Witty; original; shrewd; adroit; keen; sagacious .
      He sent me an ingenious reply for an email .

    Usage notes

    Do not confuse with ingenuous .


    • See also Wikisaurus:witty
    • See also Wikisaurus:intelligent

    See also

    • ingenious in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
    • ingenious in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911

Explanation of ingenious by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. showing inventiveness and skill

    2. an ingenious solution to the problem