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Words used to describe intelligent or wise people - thesaurus

Synonyms

genius

adjective

informal very clever or original

intelligent

adjective

good at thinking clearly and quickly, at understanding difficult ideas and subjects, and at gaining and using knowledge

wise

adjective

a wise person is able to make good choices and decisions because they have a lot of experience

brilliant

adjective

very intelligent

clever

adjective

good at learning or understanding things

bright

adjective

a bright person is intelligent and usually young and likely to do well at school or in their careers

brainy

adjective

informal very intelligent, especially at school or college

discerning

adjective

showing good judgment about things such as art, music, and books and able to tell whether something is valuable or well made

clear-sighted

adjective

able to judge situations quickly and accurately and make sensible decisions

no/nobody’s fool

intelligent and with a lot of experience of life so that you do not allow other people to trick you

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able

adjective

intelligent or good at doing something

academic

adjective

good at learning things by studying

agile

adjective

able to think quickly, solve problems, and have new ideas

apt

adjective

good at learning

astute

adjective

good at judging situations and people quickly and able to use this knowledge for personal benefit

be all there

if you say someone is all there, you mean they are of normal intelligence

bright as a button

very clever

canny

adjective

good at judging situations, especially in business, and careful not to be tricked

donnish

adjective

British serious, intelligent, and mainly interested in academic issues

enquiring

adjective

another spelling of inquiring

far-sighted

adjective

able to imagine what effects an action will have in the future so that you make good decisions

fly

adjective

Britishinformal old-fashioned clever and not easy to trick

have a good head on your shoulders

to be intelligent and able to make good decisions

have your head (screwed) on right

to be able to make sensible decisions

imaginative

adjective

used about someone who has new, different, or exciting ideas

ingenious

adjective

someone who is ingenious is good at inventing things and solving problems in new ways

inquiring

adjective

keen to learn about new things

inquisitive

adjective

keen to learn about a lot of different things

intelligent

adjective

showing intelligence

intelligent

adjective

able to think, understand, and learn

intuitive

adjective

capable of basing decisions, actions etc on feelings rather than on facts or evidence

inventive

adjective

good at thinking of new and original ideas or methods

learned

adjective

a learned person knows a lot about one or more subjects, especially academic subjects

lively

adjective

showing a lot of intelligence and interest in things

luminous

adjective

mainly literary very intelligent or beautiful

nimble

adjective

someone who has a nimble mind is intelligent and learns things quickly

not just a pretty face

used for emphasizing that someone is intelligent or skilful as well as being attractive

not miss much

to be intelligent and always know what is happening around you

on the ball

informal quick to understand what is happening and what must be done

original

adjective

capable of creating ideas, writings etc that are new, interesting, and different from anything else

owlish

adjective

someone who is owlish has round eyes, or seems wise

penetrating

adjective

intelligent and quick to solve problems or to understand something complicated

penetrative

adjective

formal able to quickly understand things or their importance

perceptive

adjective

able to notice or understand things quickly and easily

perspicacious

adjective

very formal able to judge quickly and correctly what people and situations are really like

precocious

adjective

a precocious child is more intelligent or behaves in a more developed way than you would expect for their age

quick

adjective

able to understand things very easily

quick-witted

adjective

able to think of good ideas or good answers quickly

rapier

adjective

literary mentally quick and clever

razor-sharp

adjective

very clever

reflective

adjective

showing a tendency to serious and careful thought

resourceful

adjective

good at finding effective ways to deal with problems

sagacious

adjective

very formal wise and able to make good practical decisions

sage

adjective

literary wise and showing good judgment

sapient

adjective

literary wise

sharp

adjective

intelligent and quick to notice something or react to something

sharp-witted

adjective

quick to understand things and react to them

shrewd

adjective

able to judge people and situations very well and to make good decisions

smart

adjective

intelligent

subtle

adjective

showing an ability to notice and understand small things that other people do not

(there are) no flies on someone

used for saying that someone is not stupid and you cannot trick them easily

venerable

adjective

very old and wise or respected

wise beyond your years

with more knowledge and experience than most people have at your age

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