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 smartingburning, raw, caustic, tender, sharp, irritated, distressing, trying, aching, harrowing, sore, agonizing, extreme, nagging, excruciating, piercing, inflamed, sensitive, tormenting, biting
Examples from the Web for smarting
Contemporary Examples of smarting
Still fearful and smarting from the pain, I arrived on time and was led to chair in his office.I Was Gang Raped at a UVA Frat 30 Years Ago, and No One Did Anything
December 16, 2014
“I think we were smarting a bit at the criticism,” he told me.‘Still Positive’ Shows Why ‘Homeland’ Hasn’t Jumped the Shark (Yet)
November 4, 2013
I think we were smarting a bit at the criticism ... We knew we had to plot a new course for the show.‘Homeland’ Showrunner: ‘We Knew We Had to Plot a New Course’
September 30, 2013
Romney is smarting from attacks over his time as the head of Bain Capital, the Boston private-equity firm he founded.To Romney, Detractors Suffer From Envy
January 13, 2012
Historical Examples of smarting
His hand was smarting as though struck with the lash of a whip.Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates
For a quarter of an hour he thus kept her smarting and trembling.The Fortune of the Rougons
For Audrey, smarting from Wyndham's insult, it was the flick of the lash in her face.Audrey Craven
They cannot move their dead cats while smarting 'neath the cruel English yoke.Ireland as It Is
Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
"No, Sir," said Grenfell, smarting under the sting of what he felt to be an insult.Luttrell Of Arran
Charles James Lever
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."