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[smahr-tee] /ˈsmɑr ti/
noun, plural smarties.
Origin of smarty
An Americanism dating back to 1860-65; smart + -y2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • I was a smarty kid, And they were less frequent then than later.

  • I'll lay for you, my smarty; and if I catch you about that school I'll tan you good.

    Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Complete Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • So all she got for her smarty business was just a handful of hair or two.

    Swatty Ellis Parker Butler
  • Such a smarty, sitting there and letting on she knew anything about boys!

    Swatty Ellis Parker Butler
  • Well, smarty, what is there to be done, asked Garry a trifle hotly.

  • Got taken up that time pretty short, didnt you, Miss smarty?

    The Girls of Central High Gertrude W. Morrison
  • I pulled out my knife, and severing the line at my wrist, walked away, looking for some one to introduce me to smarty Mellor.

    Cobwebs From an Empty Skull Ambrose Bierce (AKA: Dod Grile)
  • He is quaintly conscious of his mirth-provoking powers, much as a child playing “smarty.”

    True Bear Stories Joaquin Miller
British Dictionary definitions for smarty


(informal) a would-be clever person
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for smarty

"would-be witty or clever person," 1854, from smart (n.) + -y (3). Extended form smarty-pants first attested 1939.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for smarty



smart aleck; smart-ass, wise-ass • Most often used in address: I will bid seven on hearts, smarty (1861+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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