Washington is riveting as a woman with smarts, guts, and a weakness for her former boss, the leader of the free world.
The role of genetics in intelligence—i.e., the extent to which our smarts are inherited—has long been an academic war zone.
On the contrary, he wins wide acclaim for his smarts and political skills.
Yet seriously there cannot be any doubt about Ted Cruz's "smarts."
Over months, Obama and his team led the process, step by step, with smarts and courage.
He took his lover's smarts, as one must suppose them, hardly.
smarts they still, sickness soothing: in twelve moons thrice an hundred.
You flog us like children, but you forget that we are grown, and that it is more than the body that smarts.
It is only a shameless one and one without faith who profits by his brother's smarts.
The colonel, now possessing two smarts, one to his cheek and one to his vanity, made for the door.
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]