ingenious

ingenious early 15c., "intellectual, talented," from M.Fr. ingénieux "clever, ingenious" (O.Fr. engeignos), from L. ingeniosus "of good capacity, full of intellect; clever, gifted with genius," from ingenium "innate qualities, ability," lit. "that which is inborn," from in- "in" (see IN- (Cf. in-) (2)) + gignere, from PIE *gen- "produce" (see GENUS (Cf. genus)). Sense of "skillful, clever at contrivance" first recorded 1540s. In a sense of "crafty, clever, skillful" M.E. had enginous (mid-14c.), from O.Fr. engeignos. Related: Ingeniously; ingeniousness.

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