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 smarts
Some people have the smarts to grow the economic pie more than others and will end up serving themselves a relatively big slice.Never Mind Inequality: Silicon Valley Enriches All of Our Lives|Gregory Ferenstein|May 30, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Yet seriously there cannot be any doubt about Ted Cruz's "smarts."
Paul Ryan, heralded for his smarts, will have an opportunity to prove just how sharp he is in front of a large national audience.13 Questions That Should Be Asked at the Vice Presidential Debate|Brian Ries, Sam Schlinkert|October 11, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Washington is riveting as a woman with smarts, guts, and a weakness for her former boss, the leader of the free world.‘Scandal’ and ‘Styled by June’: Allison Samuels’s Prime-Time Saviors|Allison Samuels|April 23, 2012|DAILY BEAST
By using your smarts and basic common sense, you can sidestep the majority of arguments thought to plague female friends.
Poor Henrietta's heart is suffering from another sorrow which she feels all the more keenly because it smarts unceasingly.The Poor Plutocrats|Maurus Jkai
Oh, it smarts very much,” he answered, “though I do not think you care much about it.Norman Vallery|W.H.G. Kingston
It is the little stab which smarts the most; the blow which accompanies the deeper wound, numbs in its very delivery.Antony Gray,--Gardener|Leslie Moore
After he was dismembered, she heard him utter with a loud voice, "Oh, it smarts!"
"No; but I've got a burned knee and it smarts," retorted Bob.The Iron Boys in the Steel Mills|James R. Mears
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."