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 smartnessdexterity, talent, ability, intelligence, gumption, brilliance, wisdom, genius, wit, shrewdness, inventiveness, resourcefulness, skill, flair, taste, elegance, sophistication, thing, mode, grace
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Historical Examples of smartness
To her, the blaze of the Set's smartness was but the flicker of a penny dip.It Happened in Egypt
C. N. Williamson
His courtesy, his smartness, his anecdotes, his reminiscences were all Boredom.Sir Brook Fossbrooke, Volume I.
Charles James Lever
He was dressed, however, with some pretensions to smartness.Paul Prescott's Charge
He made as if I had deafened him with protestations of my smartness and willingness.Chance
Some fellows used to say there was no one like you for smartness—but you never took me in.An Outcast of the Islands
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."