Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Characterized by sharp quick thought; bright. See Synonyms at intelligent.
  • adj. Amusingly clever; witty: a smart quip; a lively, smart conversation.
  • adj. Impertinent; insolent: That's enough of your smart talk.
  • adj. Energetic or quick in movement: a smart pace.
  • adj. Canny and shrewd in dealings with others: a smart negotiator.
  • adj. Fashionable; elegant: a smart suit; a smart restaurant; the smart set. See Synonyms at fashionable.
  • adj. Capable of making adjustments that resemble human decisions, especially in response to changing circumstances: smart missiles.
  • adj. Manufactured to regulate the amount of light transmitted in response to varying light conditions or to an electronic sensor or control unit: smart windows.
  • adj. New England & Southern U.S. Accomplished; talented: He's a right smart ball player.
  • intransitive v. To cause a sharp, usually superficial, stinging pain: The slap delivered to my face smarted.
  • intransitive v. To be the location of such a pain: The incision on my leg smarts.
  • intransitive v. To feel such a pain.
  • intransitive v. To suffer acutely, as from mental distress, wounded feelings, or remorse: "No creature smarts so little as a fool” ( Alexander Pope).
  • intransitive v. To suffer or pay a heavy penalty.
  • n. Sharp mental or physical pain. See Synonyms at pain.
  • n. Slang Intelligence; expertise: a reporter with a lot of smarts.
  • smart off Informal To speak or act impertinently.
  • idiom right smart New England & Southern U.S. A lot; a considerable amount: He did right smart of the work himself.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Causing sharp pain; stinging.
  • adj. Sharp; keen; poignant.
  • adj. Exhibiting social ability or cleverness.
  • adj. Exhibiting intellectual knowledge, such as that found in books.
  • adj. Equipped with intelligent behaviour.
  • adj. Good-looking.
  • adj. Cleverly and/or sarcastically humorous in a way that may be rude and disrespectful. Cf: (verb) to smart off; (noun) smarty pants, wise guy, wiseacre, wise-ass; (adjective) cute.
  • adj. Sudden and intense.
  • adj. Intense in feeling; painful. Used usually with the adverb intensifier right.
  • n. A sharp, quick, lively pain; a sting.
  • n. Mental pain or suffering; grief; affliction.
  • n. Smart-money.
  • n. A dandy; one who is smart in dress; one who is brisk, vivacious, or clever.
  • v. To hurt or sting.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Causing a smart; pungent; pricking.
  • adj. Keen; severe; poignant.
  • adj. Vigorous; sharp; severe.
  • adj. Accomplishing, or able to accomplish, results quickly; active; sharp; clever.
  • adj. Efficient; vigorous; brilliant.
  • adj. Marked by acuteness or shrewdness; quick in suggestion or reply; vivacious; witty.
  • adj. Pretentious; showy; spruce.
  • adj. Brisk; fresh.
  • n. Quick, pungent, lively pain; a pricking local pain, as the pain from puncture by nettles.
  • n. Severe, pungent pain of mind; pungent grief.
  • n. A fellow who affects smartness, briskness, and vivacity; a dandy.
  • n. Smart money (see below).
  • intransitive v. To feel a lively, pungent local pain; -- said of some part of the body as the seat of irritation.
  • intransitive v. To feel a pungent pain of mind; to feel sharp pain or grief; to suffer; to feel the sting of evil.
  • transitive v. To cause a smart in.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To feel a lively, pungent pain; also, to be the seat of a pungent local pain, as from some piercing or irritating application; be acutely painful: often used impersonally.
  • To feel mental pain or suffering of any kind; suffer; be distressed; suffer evil consequences; bear a penalty.
  • To cause a smart or sharp pain; cause suffering or distress.
  • To cause a smart or pain to or in; cause to smart.
  • Causing a smart or sharp pain; especially, causing a pricking local pain; pungent; stinging.
  • Sharp; keen; poignant: applied to physical or mental pain or suffering.
  • Marked by or executed with force or vigor; vigorous; efficient; sharp; severe: as, a smart blow; a smart skirmish; a smart walk.
  • Brisk; lively; fresh: as, a smart breeze.
  • Acute and pertinent; witty; especially, marked by a sharpness winch is nearer to pertness or impertinence than to genuine wit; superficially witty: noting remarks, writings, etc.: as, a smart reply; a smart saying.
  • Brisk; vivacious; lively; witty; especially, sharp and impertinent, or pert and forward, rather than genuinely witty: noting persons.
  • Dressed in an elaborately nice or showy manner; well-dressed; spruce.
  • Elaborately nice; elegant; fine; showy: noting articles of dress.
  • Quick; active; intelligent; clever: as, a smart business man.
  • Keen, as in bargain-making; sharp, and often of questionable honesty; well able to take care of one's own interests.
  • Fashionable; stylish; brilliant.
  • Careful; punctual; quick.
  • Considerable; large; as, a right smart distance.
  • Forcible; earnest.
  • Having strong qualities; strong.
  • In good health; well; not sick.
  • Swift-sailing, as a vessel: in distinction from able, stanch, or seaworthy.
  • Up to the mark; well turned out; creditable.
  • Smartly; vigorously; quickly; sharp.
  • A contracted form of smarteth, third person singular present indicative of smart.
  • n. A sharp, quick, lively pain; especially, a pricking local pain, as the pain from the sting of nettles.
  • n. Hence, mental pain or suffering of any kind; pungent grief; affliction.
  • n. Same as smart-money: as, to pay the smart.
  • n. A dandy; one who affects smartness in dress; also, one who affects briskness, vivacity, or cleverness.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. showing mental alertness and calculation and resourcefulness
  • adj. improperly forward or bold
  • adj. painfully severe
  • adj. characterized by quickness and ease in learning
  • adj. quick and brisk
  • adj. capable of independent and apparently intelligent action
  • v. be the source of pain
  • adj. elegant and stylish
  • n. a kind of pain such as that caused by a wound or a burn or a sore

Etymologies

Middle English, stinging, keen, alert, from Old English smeart, causing pain.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English smerten, from Old English smeortan ("to smart"), from Proto-Germanic *smertanan (“to hurt, ache”), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)merd- (“to bite, sting”). Cognate with Scots smert, Dutch smarten, German schmerzen, Danish smerte, Swedish smärta. (Wiktionary)
From Middle English smart, smarte, smerte, from 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"). (Wiktionary)
From Middle English smerte, from smerten ("to smart"). See above. Cognate with Scots smert, Dutch smart, Low German smart, German Schmerz, Danish smerte, Swedish smärta. More above. (Wiktionary)

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