This was the first time he had smarted in his penetrable part—the skin—and it made him very spiteful.
Her eyes felt greasy from the food, or smarted with the sun-glare.
They smarted and burned a little, but when he put them near his tooth they made it nice and warm and soon the ache all stopped.
He smarted under its lash, but held his temper in check because he was sorry for the girl.
My man, the Hobbs boy, had under my instructions pressed and smarted the Honourable George's suit for afternoon wear.
He smarted at the blank of any, of even two or three formal words.
She smiled at him sympathetically, but he smarted under the knowledge that her sympathy did not go very deep.
Actually, he smarted from a lecture delivered by his employer.
Their bites were infinitesimal, but each one smarted like a prick with a hot needle.
He smarted under the knowledge that wily old Pryak had outwitted them after all.
Old English smeortan "be painful," from Proto-Germanic *smarta- (cf. Middle Dutch smerten, Dutch smarten, Old High German smerzan, German schmerzen "to pain," originally "to bite"), from PIE *smerd- "pain," an extension of the root *mer- (2) "to rub; to harm" (cf. Greek smerdnos "terrible, dreadful," Sanskrit mardayati "grinds, rubs, crushes," Latin mordere "to bite"). Related: Smarted; smarting.
late Old English smeart "painful, severe, stinging; causing a sharp pain," related to smeortan (see smart (v.)). Meaning "executed with force and vigor" is from c.1300. Meaning "quick, active, clever" is attested from c.1300, from the notion of "cutting" wit, words, etc., or else "keen in bargaining." Meaning "trim in attire" first attested 1718, "ascending from the kitchen to the drawing-room c.1880" [Weekley]. For sense evolution, cf. sharp (adj.).
In reference to devices, the sense of "behaving as though guided by intelligence" (e.g. smart bomb) first attested 1972. Smarts "good sense, intelligence," is first recorded 1968. Smart cookie is from 1948.
"sharp pain," c.1200, from sharp (adj.). Cf. cognate Middle Dutch smerte, Dutch smart, Old High German smerzo, German Schmerz "pain."
[the first sense was revived in the 1880s and much reprehended]