verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
adjective, smart·er, smart·est.
Origin of smart
Synonyms for smart
Antonyms for smart
Related Words for smartgood, wise, bold, brilliant, agile, shrewd, slick, nimble, bright, brainy, canny, astute, quick, sharp, crafty, resourceful, active, energetic, throb, ache
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Contemporary Examples of smart
A woman in a smart uniform scribbles out tickets for a growing line of tourists eager to take a trip on the old-fashioned train.Riding Thailand’s WWII Death Railway
December 21, 2014
It used to be frequently said back in 2000 that Jeb was “the smart brother.”Be the Smarter Bush Brother, Jeb: Don’t Run!
December 17, 2014
A lot of British pubs have been smart enough to understand this and respond.Beer Countries vs. Wine Countries
December 7, 2014
Thorgerson and Powell turned to video and film—a smart move given the emergence of MTV.The Golden Age of Rock Album Covers
December 5, 2014
I know there are police officers who are kind, compassionate, and smart.Are College Educated Police Safer?
December 1, 2014
Historical Examples of smart
And for five years, remembering them, I had been proud of being "smart."The Bacillus of Beauty
In the ordinary business of life the smart man has had his day.The Call of the Twentieth Century
David Starr Jordan
The point of the cutlass just passed my hip-bone, and gave me a smart flesh-wound.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
So, you see, Miss, what company your smart challenge will draw together.Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)
"Kedge is too smart to take it all to himself," commented Mr. Martin.The Gentleman From Indiana
verb (mainly intr)
Word Origin for smart
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."