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 smartsmind, brilliance, comprehension, aptitude, sense, cleverness, intellect, acumen, competence, alertness, perception, brainpower, understanding, reason, know-how, judgment, perspicacity, brightness, savvy, IQ
Examples from the Web for smarts
Contemporary Examples of 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
May 30, 2013
Yet seriously there cannot be any doubt about Ted Cruz's "smarts."Why Does Ted Cruz Inspire Such Animosity?
May 3, 2013
The ladies brought their A game with smarts, female sensibility, and sass showing in spades.Candy Crowley, Martha Raddatz: Female Moderators Rocked the Boat in Debates
October 24, 2012
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
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
April 23, 2012
Historical Examples of smarts
You flog us like children, but you forget that we are grown, and that it is more than the body that smarts.The Wild Geese
Stanley John Weyman
Possibly there was considerable of irony in it too, the kind that smarts with all lads.The Banner Boy Scouts on a Tour
George A. Warren
Where Smarts numbers are different, they are shown with popups.The Fables of Phdrus
After the flesh glove, come two courses of soaping—how it smarts!At the Court of the Amr
John Alfred Gray
Smarts they still, sickness soothing: in twelve moons thrice an hundred.Ulysses
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."