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 smartly
These chicken pot pies are twists on an American classic, and smartly turned out if made for company.
On stage, the smartly suited Mixner was both very funny and very serious, and he cried after confessing the mercy killings.Gay Activist David Mixner: I Mercy Killed 8 People|Tim Teeman|October 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And he has just the idea: a radical new video service, the details of which he's smartly keeping under wraps.Killing Net Neutrality Kills the Dreams of Young Entrepreneurs|Joshua DuBois|April 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And Radiant Dragon, smartly and unsurprisingly, invokes Camus.
Romney's campaign has responded by smartly deciding to hide Paul Ryan.
So strange a craft as ours would be visited, depend on't, and smartly, too.The Frozen Pirate|W. Clark Russell
Her feeling now was that she had made advances, spontaneous and friendly, and been smartly rebuffed.V. V.'s Eyes|Henry Sydnor Harrison
He took off his spectacles, rubbed them smartly, and put them on again.His "Day In Court"|Charles Egbert Craddock (AKA Mary Noailles Murfree)
Ambulances painted grey and bright blue, and driven by smartly uniformed young women, were everywhere.The Crimson Tide|Robert W. Chambers
Watching her catch an insect on the way, I hear the sharp snap of her bill, as if two pebbles had been smartly struck together.Some Summer Days in Iowa|Frederick John Lazell
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."