verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
adjective, smart·er, smart·est.
- smart aleck,
- smart as a whip,
- smart ass,
- smart bomb,
- smart card
Origin of smart
Examples from the Web for smarted
You see, Roger had rubbed the old sore when he spoke of that bitter experience in the past, and it smarted again venomously.The Pioneer Boys of the Columbia|Harrison Adams
Della lowered her beaded lashes over eyes that smarted, and raised her arms like Niobe entreating fate.Just Around the Corner|Fannie Hurst
She smarted still at the cartoons and denunciatory editorials in which she had so frequently been singled out for attack.Thirty|Howard Vincent O'Brien
They have smarted for it, and shall smart till they make their submission to you, and beg and entreat you to come to us again.
He smarted under its lash, but held his temper in check because he was sorry for the girl.The Fortune Hunter|Louis Joseph Vance
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."