verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
adjective, smart·er, smart·est.
Origin of smart
Synonyms for smart
Antonyms for smart
Examples from the Web for smarter
Contemporary Examples of smarter
Why the former Florida governor would be smarter to sit out 2016.Be the Smarter Bush Brother, Jeb: Don’t Run!
December 17, 2014
You were certain that she was smarter than you, lovelier than you, more interesting than you.Is Bigger Better for St. Vincent?
December 4, 2014
The irony is that shows that are meant to be funny are often also the smarter shows.Wanted: Less Terrible Political Coverage on TV
November 19, 2014
Nap Smarter So how do you make the most of your precious nap-time minutes?13 Tips for the Best Nap Ever
August 12, 2014
They are threatened by smarter, younger kids that are coming up that are willing to do three, four and five different pieces.GOP Says ‘Hey Ladies’ But Little Else About Winning Women
May 30, 2014
Historical Examples of smarter
And the more I hinted at how wonderful I thought she was the smarter she began to think I was.Fair Harbor
Joseph Crosby Lincoln
But even in those days as a callow, trusting youth, he'd been smarter than Boswell.Zero Data
He paused for some time, and then slowly said, "Well, I'll not deny they are smarter."Three Addresses to Girls at School
James Maurice Wilson
They are infinitely readier, smarter, and wittier than Englishmen.
"Yes, and smarter yet for Elmer to discover the impression, and read it," declared Chatz.Pathfinder
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."