Middle English , from smerten Old English smeortan ( " to smart " ), from Proto-Germanic *smertan? ( " to hurt, ache " ), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)merd- ( " to bite, sting " ). Cognate with Scots , smert Dutch , smarten German , schmerzen Danish , smerte Swedish .
smart ( third-person singular simple present , smarts present participle , smarting simple past smarted or ( obsolete ) , smort past participle smarted or ( obsolete ) )
( intransitive ) To hurt or sting.
After being hit with a pitch, the batter exclaimed "Ouch, my arm smarts!" 1897, Bram Stoker, Dracula Chapter 21
He moved convulsively, and as he did so, said, "I'll be quiet, Doctor. Tell them to take off the strait waistcoat. I have had a terrible dream, and it has left me so weak that I cannot move. What's wrong with my face? It feels all swollen, and it smarts dreadfully."
( transitive ) To cause a smart or sting in.
date this quote by T. Adams and provide title, author's full name, and other details?) A goad that [... ] smarts the flesh. ( intransitive ) To feel a pungent pain of mind; to feel sharp pain or grief; to suffer; to feel the sting of evil.
date this quote by Alexander Pope and provide title, author's full name, and other details?) No creature smarts so little as a fool. Bible, Proverbs xi. 15
He that is surety for a stranger shall smart for it. 1790, Ann Ward Radcliffe, chapter 11, in A Sicilian Romance , HTML edition:  Meanwhile the Abate exulted in successful vengeance, and the marquis smarted beneath the stings of disappointment.
Middle English , smerte , smert , smarte , from smart Old English smeart ( " smarting, smart, painful " ), from Proto-Germanic *smartaz ( " hurting, aching " ), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)merd- ( " to bite, sting " ). Cognate with Scots smert ( " painful, smart " ), Old Frisian smert ( " sharp, painful " ).
smart ( comparative smarter or , more smart superlative smartest or )
most smart Exhibiting
social ability or cleverness.
Synonyms: , bright , capable , sophisticated witty Antonyms: , backward , banal , boorish , dull inept 1811, Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility, chapter 19
I always preferred the church, and I still do. But that was not smart enough for my family. They recommended the army. That was a great deal too smart for me.
( informal ) Exhibiting intellectual knowledge, such as that found in books.
Synonyms: , cultivated , educated ; learned see also Thesaurus: learned Antonyms: , ignorant , uncultivated simple
( often in combination ) Equipped with intelligent behaviour ( digital/ computer technology).
Good-looking; well dressed; fine; fashionable.
Synonyms: , attractive , chic , dapper , stylish handsome
Antonyms: , garish , outré tacky
a smart outfit You look smart in that business suit. Cleverly
shrewd and humorous in a way that may be rude and disrespectful.
He became tired of his daughter's sarcasm and smart remarks. Don't get smart with me!
date this quote by Young and provide title, author's full name, and other details?) Who, for the poor renown of being smart / Would leave a sting within a brother's heart? (Can we
date this quote by Addison and provide title, author's full name, and other details?) a sentence or two, [... ] which I thought very smart Sudden and intense.
date this quote by Clarendon and provide title, author's full name, and other details?) smart skirmishes, in which many fell 1860 July 9, Henry David Thoreau, journal entry, from Thoreau's bird-lore, Francis H. Allen (editor), Houghton Mifflin (Boston, 1910), Thoreau on Birds: notes on New England birds from the Journals of Henry David Thoreau, Beacon Press, (Boston, 1993), page 239:
There is a smart shower at 5 P.M., and in the midst of it a hummingbird is busy about the flowers in the garden, unmindful of it, though you would think that each big drop that struck him would be a serious accident. Causing sharp
date this quote by Shakespeare and provide title, author's full name, and other details?) How smart a lash that speech doth give my conscience.
Sharp; keen; poignant.
a smart pain
( US , Southern , dated ) Intense in feeling; painful. Used usually with the adverb intensifier .
He raised his voice, and it hurt her feelings right smart. That cast on his leg chaffs him right smart.
( archaic ) Efficient; vigorous; brilliant.
date this quote by Dryden and provide title, author's full name, and other details?) The stars shine smarter.
( archaic ) Pretentious; showy; spruce.
a smart gown ( archaic ) Brisk; fresh.
a smart breeze
causing sharp pain; stinging
exhibiting intellectual knowledge, such as that found in books
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equipped with intelligent behaviour (digital/computer technology)
cleverly shrewd and humorous
intense in feeling; painful
efficient; vigorous; brilliant
pretentious; showy; spruce
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Middle English , from smerte smerten ( " to smart " ). See above. Cognate with Scots , smert Dutch , smart Low German , smart German , Schmerz Danish , smerte Swedish . More above.
smart ( plural )
smarts A sharp, quick, lively
pain; a sting.
1567, Arthur Golding (translator), The XV Bookes of , London: William Seres, Book , p. 51, P. Ouidius Naso, entytuled Metamorphosis 
[... ] the bodie had no smart Of any wound: it was the minde that felt the cruell stings.
1716, Alexander Pope (translator), The , London: Bernard Lintot, Volume 2, Book 5, lines 176-178, p. 25, Iliad of Homer  If chance some Shepherd with a distant Dart
The Savage wound, he rowzes at the
Smart, He foams, he roars [... ]
1871, Louisa May Alcott, , Chapter 12, Little Men  Of course Tommy came to grief, tumbled upon a hornets' nest and got stung; but being used to woe, he bore the smart manfully [... ] 1948, Graham Greene, , London: Heinemann, Book One, Part One, Chapter 1, section 8, p. 42, The Heart of the Matter  The smart of his wounded hand woke Scobie at two in the morning. Mental pain or
suffering; grief; affliction.
1590, Edmund Spenser, , London: William Ponsonbie, Book 1, Canto 7, p. 101, The Faerie Queene  Mishaps are
maistred by aduice discrete, And counsell mitigates the greatest
smart; Found neuer help, who neuer would his hurts impart.
1673, John Milton, "Anno aetatis 17. On the Death of a fair Infant dying of a Cough" in Poems, &c. upon Several Occasions Both English and Latin, London: Thomas Dring, p. 20,  But oh why didst thou not stay here below
To bless us with thy heav'n lov'd innocence,
[... ] To stand 'twixt us and our deserved
smart But thou canst best perform that office where thou art.
1861, Charles Dickens, , Chapter 8, Great Expectations  I was so humiliated, hurt, spurned, offended, angry, sorry,--I cannot hit upon the right name for the smart--God knows what its name was,--that tears started to my eyes. 2004, Alan Hollinghurst, , London: Picador, Chapter 9, p. 250, The Line of Beauty  [... ] Bertrand said, 'No, you bloody idiot, do you think I drink this? I want mineral water.' The girl recoiled for just a second at the smart of his tone [... ] and then apologized with steely insincerity.
Smart-money. ( slang , dated ) A dandy; one who is smart in dress; one who is brisk, vivacious, or clever.
1742, Henry Fielding, , London: A. Millar, 3rd edition, 1743, Volume 2, Book 3, Chapter 3, p. 27, Joseph Andrews  [... ] I resolved to quit all further Conversation with Beaus and Smarts of every kind [... ]
smart ( neuter , smart plural and definite singular attributive , smarte comparative , smartere superlative (predicative) , smartest superlative (attributive) )
( of a solution, contraption, plan etc. ) well thought-out, neat snazzy, fashionable, dapper
Middle Dutch . Cf. smarte German , Schmerz English . smart
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(: key) /sm?rt/
smart Rhymes: -?rt
smart ( f plural )
smarten , pain , sorrow grief
English , 19th c.
smart ( comparative , smarter superlative am )
smart ( exhibiting social ability or cleverness )
Synonyms: , aufgeweckt , clever , gewitzt pfiffig
1862, "Amerikanische Zwangsmaßregel", in Die Gartenlaube , number 20, page 320:  Während in New York und andern östlichen Städten der einfachste kürzeste Proceßgang darin besteht, ist in vielen der westlichen Staaten ein ,, smarter" Miether im Stande, fast noch ein Jahr nach geschehener Aufkündigung ein Haus zu bewohnen, ohne nur einen Pfennig Miethe zu zahlen. (please add an English translation of this quote) 1910, Walther Kabel, Der schlafende Fakir :  Da vertraute ich mich meinem Chef, Herrn William Hawkens, an, der ein viel zu smarter Geschäftsmann ist, als daß er nicht das nötige Verständnis für diese unter Umständen recht einträgliche Idee gehabt hätte. (please add an English translation of this quote) smart ( good-looking, well-dressed )
Synonyms: , chic , elegant fein
smart ( neuter singular , smart definite singular and plural , smarte comparative , smartere indefinite superlative , smartest definite superlative )
clever ( mentally sharp or bright) smart
smart ( neuter singular , smart definite singular and plural , smarte comparative , smartare indefinite superlative , smartast definite superlative )
clever ( mentally sharp or bright) smart
smart ( invariable)
smart ( with smart technology )
smart ( comparative , smartare superlative )
smartast ; smart clever