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 smartly
Contemporary Examples of smartly
These chicken pot pies are twists on an American classic, and smartly turned out if made for company.Make These Barefoot Contessa Chicken Pot Pies
November 29, 2014
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
October 29, 2014
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
April 27, 2014
And Radiant Dragon, smartly and unsurprisingly, invokes Camus.Meshal's Speech and the Progressive Conundrum
December 10, 2012
Romney's campaign has responded by smartly deciding to hide Paul Ryan.Shaking the Etch-A-Mitt, Ctd.
October 22, 2012
Historical Examples of smartly
The most obvious is to hit him smartly and with precision on the exact tip of the nose.Alarms and Discursions
G. K. Chesterton
I most truly would have liked to shake him smartly for this.Ruggles of Red Gap
Harry Leon Wilson
She also was smartly dressed, with her dazzling linen and scrupulous neatness.The Fat and the Thin
In vain she raised her voice, and slapped him smartly on the hands.Doctor Pascal
If he refuses, some one with a whip or switch should apply it smartly.On Horsemanship
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."