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[ smahrt ]

verb (used without object)

  1. to be a source of sharp, local, and usually superficial pain, as a wound.

    Synonyms: sting, hurt, pain

  2. to be the cause of a sharp, stinging pain, as an irritating application, a blow, etc.
  3. to feel a sharp, stinging pain, as in a wound.
  4. to suffer keenly from wounded feelings:

    She smarted under their criticism.

  5. to feel shame or remorse or to suffer in punishment or in return for something.

verb (used with object)

  1. to cause a sharp pain to or in.


, smart·er, smart·est.
  1. quick or prompt in action, as persons.

    Synonyms: active, alert, agile, nimble, lively

  2. having or showing quick intelligence or ready mental capability:

    a smart student.

    Synonyms: adroit, expert, sharp, bright

    Antonyms: stupid

  3. shrewd or sharp, as a person in dealing with others or as in business dealings:

    a smart businessman.

    Synonyms: adept, cunning

  4. clever, witty, or readily effective, as a speaker, speech, rejoinder, etc.
  5. dashingly or impressively neat or trim in appearance, as persons, dress, etc.

    Synonyms: showy, pretentious, spruce

  6. socially elegant; sophisticated or fashionable:

    the smart crowd.

    Synonyms: chic

  7. saucy; pert:

    smart remarks.

  8. sharply brisk, vigorous, or active:

    to walk with smart steps.

    Synonyms: energetic

  9. sharply severe, as a blow, stroke, etc.
  10. sharp or keen:

    a smart pain.

    Synonyms: penetrating, poignant

  11. Digital Technology.
    1. (of a machine, system, etc.) equipped with electronic control mechanisms, software programs, etc., and capable of remote, automated, and seemingly intelligent operation:

      smart copiers;

      smart weapons;

      a smart thermostat.

    2. equipped with microprocessors, as for data processing, internet access, etc. (usually used in combination):

      a smartphone;

      a smartwatch.

  12. having properties that can be changed in response to stimuli or environmental conditions; self-regulating:

    smart fabrics that respond to temperature or light.

  13. Older Use. considerable; fairly large.


  1. in a smart manner; smartly.


  1. a sharp local pain, usually superficial, as from a wound, blow, or sting.
  2. keen mental suffering, as from wounded feelings, affliction, grievous loss, etc.
  3. smarts, Slang. intelligence; common sense:

    He never had the smarts to use his opportunities.



/ smɑːt /


  1. astute, as in business; clever or bright
  2. quick, witty, and often impertinent in speech

    a smart talker

  3. fashionable; chic

    a smart hotel

  4. well-kept; neat
  5. causing a sharp stinging pain
  6. vigorous or brisk
  7. dialect.
    considerable or numerous

    a smart price

  8. (of systems) operating as if by human intelligence by using automatic computer control
  9. (of a projectile or bomb) containing a device that allows it to be guided to its target


  1. to feel, cause, or be the source of a sharp stinging physical pain or keen mental distress

    a nettle sting smarts

    he smarted under their abuse

  2. often foll by for to suffer a harsh penalty


  1. a stinging pain or feeling


  1. in a smart manner



/ smɑːt /


  1. SmartChristopher17221771MBritishWRITING: poet Christopher. 1722–71, British poet, author of A Song to David (1763) and Jubilate Agno (written 1758–63, published 1939). He was confined (1756–63) for religious mania and died in a debtors' prison

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Derived Forms

  • ˈsmartly, adverb
  • ˈsmartish, adjective
  • ˈsmartness, noun

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Other Words From

  • smart·ing·ly adverb
  • smart·ly adverb
  • smart·ness noun
  • su·per·smart adjective
  • su·per·smart·ness noun
  • ul·tra·smart adjective
  • un·smart adjective
  • un·smart·ing adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of smart1

First recorded before 1050; Middle English (verb) smerten, Old English -smeortan (only in the compound fyrsmeortende “painful like fire”), cognate with Old High German smerzan ( German schmerzen ); (adjective) Middle English smerte, smart “quick, prompt, sharp,” originally, “biting, smarting,” late Old English smearte, akin to the verb; (adverb and noun) Middle English smerte, derivative of the adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of smart1

Old English smeortan; related to Old High German smerzan, Latin mordēre to bite, Greek smerdnos terrible

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Example Sentences

The structures are fashioned from “smart glass” that renders them opaque after a user enters and locks the door.

From Fortune

Many analysts say Huang’s emphasis on Arm’s strength in energy-efficiency is smart.

From Fortune

Not all of these series are good — some are quite bad, actually — but you can feel smart for watching them all the same.

From Vox

While Amazon continues to lead the smart speaker market, both Google and Apple have the advantage of having their voice assistants built into smartphones.

From Digiday

In May, and again this fall, the district rolled out “smart” buses with Wi-Fi hot spots in areas without reliable internet access.

And increasingly smart navigation aids in the cockpit brought far greater precision and efficiency to route planning.

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.

It used to be frequently said back in 2000 that Jeb was “the smart brother.”

A lot of British pubs have been smart enough to understand this and respond.

Thorgerson and Powell turned to video and film—a smart move given the emergence of MTV.

During the first week, not a day passed without smart skirmishes.

Then summoning a smart young jemadar with whom he had talked a good deal during the journey, he asked him to read the chit.

Who could have believed that only a fortnight ago these same figures were clean as new pins; smart and well-liking!

Christopher Smart, an English poet and miscellaneous writer, died; known by a popular translation of Horace.

It was there that he longed to retire—to a dainty little hotel of his own with a smart clientèle.





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