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


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

Middle English, stinging, keen, alert, from Old English smeart, causing pain.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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").

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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.



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