Is there a relationship between the words - Clever and Cleaver?

3 Answers

  • Anonymous
    7 years ago
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    Unknown, but probably not.

    "cleaver" comes from the verb "to cleave", and that has a well-sourced history in various Germanic cognates, and older:


    Etymology: Common Germanic: Old English clíofan, cléofan ... corresponding to pre-Germanic *gleubh-, in Greek γλυϕ- ‘to cut with a knife, carve’, and perhaps Latin glūb- ‘to peel, flay’.

    - ED


    But "clever" is pretty well "etymology unknown". The OED suggests it might be related to various words related to "claws" and an original sense meaning "dextrous".


    Etymology: Early history obscure ... A single example of "cliver" is known in Middle English, but the word has not been found again till the 16th cent ... Outside English, Koolman gives East Frisian clüfer ( < clifer ), clever, skilful, alert, ready, nimble, and klöver , klever is used in same sense at Ribe Stift in Jutland (Molbech). The early example suggests relation to Middle English clivers ‘claws, talons, clutches’, in the sense ‘nimble of claws, sharp to seize’, and the 16–17th cent. examples (also of cleverly ) show it connected with the use of the hands ...

    - OED


    Source(s): Oxford English Dictionary
  • Anonymous
    7 years ago

    Nope !

    Clever = smart ,ability , very capable

    Cleaver = A large sharp implement used for cutting things , like meat ..

    Source(s): J...
  • 7 years ago

    No, other than cleaver having an "a" and clever not having one.

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