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 smartest
They named Howe the smartest player, best passer and playmaker and best puck carrier.
But even the smartest policing by the most dedicated cops can only do so much in the absence of effective gun laws.
The comedian and filmmaker has been the smartest and funniest person in the room since he was in high school (maybe even earlier).The Stacks: The Inimitable Albert Brooks Caught at the Dawn of His Movie Career|Paul Slansky|April 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I was sure that in New York there resided the smartest people in the world, and I suppose I was half-right about that.
Of course, you do not need to be the smartest of Alecs to know that I should be doing this with all my sources.
They're the smartest, wickedest and cunningest, Injins I ever seed.The Young Trail Hunters|Samuel Woodworth Cozzens
When I married you, you were one of the smartest girls I ever saw.The Beth Book|Sarah Grand
Already I have opened my place in the smartest part of the Avenue.Fifty Contemporary One-Act Plays|Various
Think you're about the smartest thing there is in the air today.Linda Carlton's Island Adventure|Edith Lavell
The smartest of folks is too smart for themselves once in a while.'
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."