I scoff at her ignorance and go show the cartoon to my oldest sister, the smartest one in the family.
“One of the smartest Republicans up there,” Wolf Blitzer chimed in.
John Roberts is the smartest person on the Supreme Court … and it isn't close.
It opens the collection Consider The Lobster, and of all his nonfiction, it is his smartest, funniest, and toughest.
And who can forget that priceless moment from the Enron saga, as documented in the book The smartest Guys in the Room.
I had quick ways, an' the first time I ever hauled out a handkerchief I thought it about the smartest game anybody could play.
I tell you right now that he's the smartest fellow that ever come into these parts.
Since 1880 we have built more than five hundred cities in America, among them some of the smartest in the world.
Even the smartest man in the world doesn't know where he's at.
To-morrow we're to have one, they tell me, the smartest man that has appeared in the cause.
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]