- 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.