Nearby words

  1. smaragd,
  2. smaragdine,
  3. smaragdite,
  4. smarm,
  5. smarmy,
  6. smart aleck,
  7. smart as a whip,
  8. smart ass,
  9. smart bomb,
  10. smart card

Origin of smart

before 1050; (v.) Middle English smerten, Old English -smeortan (only in the compound fyrsmeortende painful like fire), cognate with Old High German smerzan (German schmerzen); (adj.) Middle English smerte, smart quick, prompt, sharp, orig., biting, smarting, late Old English smearte, akin to the v.; (adv. and noun) Middle English smerte, derivative of the adj.

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British Dictionary definitions for smartly



astute, as in business; clever or bright
quick, witty, and often impertinent in speecha smart talker
fashionable; chica smart hotel
well-kept; neat
causing a sharp stinging pain
vigorous or brisk
dialect considerable or numerousa smart price
(of systems) operating as if by human intelligence by using automatic computer control
(of a projectile or bomb) containing a device that allows it to be guided to its target

verb (mainly intr)

to feel, cause, or be the source of a sharp stinging physical pain or keen mental distressa nettle sting smarts; he smarted under their abuse
(often foll by for) to suffer a harsh penalty


a stinging pain or feeling


in a smart manner
Derived Formssmartish, adjectivesmartly, adverbsmartness, noun

Word Origin for smart

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



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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Word Origin and History for smartly
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