Pricking his hand on the cactus smarts, so Angelo put his finger in his mouth to ease the pain.
- The definition of smart is someone who is intelligent, someone who is well dressed and looking sharp or something that can act on its own accord.
- An example of smart is a person with a high IQ.
- An example of smart is someone who is dressed neatly in fashionable clothes.
- An example of smart is a computer that can perform some functions without the aid of people.
- Smart is the act of having intelligence.
An example of smart is someone with a high IQ.
- Smart is sharp mental or physical pain.
An example of smart is how your arm feels after a shot.
- to cause sharp, stinging pain, as a slap
- to be the source of such pain, as a wound
- to feel such pain
- to feel mental distress or irritation, as in resentment, remorse, etc.
Origin of smartMiddle English smerten from Old English smeortan, akin to German schmerzen from Indo-European an unverified form mer-d from base an unverified form mer-, to rub away, fret from source Classical Latin mordere, to bite, sting, Classical Greek smerdnos, frightful
- a smarting sensation, pain or distress
- [pl.]Slang shrewdness, intelligence, or acumen
Origin of smartME smerte < base of v.
- causing sharp or stinging pain: a smart slap
- sharp or stinging, as pain
- brisk; vigorous; lively: walking at a smart pace
- intelligent, alert, clever, witty, etc.
- shrewd or sharp, as in one's dealings
- neat; trim; spruce
- in keeping with the current fashion; stylish
- characteristic of or used by those who follow the current fashions
- Informal insolent, flippant, etc.
- Dial. quite strong, intense, numerous, etc.; considerable: a right smart rain
- intelligent (sense )
- aimed, guided, and controlled precisely, through the use of computer technology: smart weapons
- programmed in advance with certain features, as navigation information or sensing and self-correcting functions: smart cars, smart guns
Origin of smartME smerte < OE smeart < base of v.
- a. Having or showing intelligence; bright. See Synonyms at intelligent.b. Canny and shrewd in dealings with others: a smart negotiator.
- a. Amusingly clever; witty: a smart quip; a lively, smart conversation.b. Impertinent; insolent: That's enough of your smart talk.
- Energetic or quick in movement: a smart pace.
- Fashionable; elegant: a smart suit; a smart restaurant; the smart set. See Synonyms at fashionable.
- Capable of making adjustments that resemble those resulting from human decisions, chiefly by means of electronic sensors and computer technology: smart missiles; smart machines.
intransitive verbsmart·ed, smart·ing, smarts
- a. To cause a sharp, usually superficial, stinging pain: The slap delivered to my face smarted.b. To be the location of such a pain: The incision on my leg smarts.c. To feel such a pain.
- To suffer acutely, as from mental distress, wounded feelings, or remorse: “No creature smarts so little as a fool” ( Alexander Pope )
- Sharp pain or anguish: the smart of the wound.
- smarts Slang Intelligence; expertise: a reporter with a lot of smarts.
Origin of smartMiddle English stinging, keen, alert from Old English smeart causing pain
(third-person singular simple present smarts, present participle smarting, simple past smarted or smort (obsolete), past participle smarted or smorten (obsolete))
From Middle English smerten, from Old English smeortan (“to smart"), from Proto-Germanic *smertanÄ… (“to hurt, ache"), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)merd- (“to bite, sting"). Cognate with Scots smert, Dutch smarten, German schmerzen, Danish smerte, Swedish smÃ¤rta.
(comparative smarter, superlative smartest)
- Causing sharp pain; stinging.
- Sharp; keen; poignant.
- a smart pain
- Exhibiting social ability or cleverness.
- Exhibiting intellectual knowledge, such as that found in books.
- (often in combination) Equipped with intelligent behaviour.
- smart bomb, smart car
- smartcard, smartphone
- a smart outfit
- Cleverly shrewd and humorous in a way that may be rude and disrespectful.
- He became tired of his daughter's sarcasm and smart remarks.
- Sudden and intense.
- (US, Southern, dated) Intense in feeling; painful. Used usually with the adverb intensifier right.
- He raised his voice, and it hurt her feelings right smart.
- That cast on his leg chaffs him right smart.
- (archaic) Efficient; vigorous; brilliant.
- (archaic) Pretentious; showy; spruce.
- a smart gown
- (archaic) Brisk; fresh.
- a smart breeze
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").