“I think we were smarting a bit at the criticism,” he told me.
Romney is smarting from attacks over his time as the head of Bain Capital, the Boston private-equity firm he founded.
I think we were smarting a bit at the criticism ... We knew we had to plot a new course for the show.
Still fearful and smarting from the pain, I arrived on time and was led to chair in his office.
The smarting pain he experienced was too acute, and each time his wife presented her lips, he pushed her back.
Her cheeks were red and smarting from the blows she had received.
Moran was suffering too keenly from his wound and smarting under his defeat too much to be altogether reasonable.
But in these cases the pain should be more of the smarting, than of the dull kind.
There may be also smarting, burning, or itching of the lids, and there is disinclination for any prolonged use of the eyes.
At length I ceased, half-shamed but still angry and smarting sorely.
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]