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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
smart /smɑrt/USA pronunciation
v., -er, -est, adv., n. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
v. [no object]
- to be a cause of sharp, stinging pain:The cut on his arm still smarted.
- to suffer sharply, as from wounded feelings:still smarting from the insults.
- having or showing quick intelligence or ready mental capability:a smart student.[It + be + ~ + to + verb]It wasn't very smart of you to try to cheat.
- shrewd or sharp, as a person in dealing with others:a smart campaigner.
- clever or witty, as a speaker or speech.
- neat or trim in appearance, as a person or garment; spruce:a very smart outfit.
- socially elegant;
sophisticated or fashionable:the smart crowd.
- saucy; pert:Keep your smart remarks to yourself.
- brisk or vigorous:to walk with smart steps.
- sharply severe, as a blow; sharp or keen:a smart pain;
a smart slap on the arm.
- equipped with, using, or containing electronic control devices[often before a noun]smart bombs.
- Computing[Computers.]intelligent (def. 3).
- in a smart manner; smartly.
smart•ly, adv.: to dress smartly; She rapped smartly on the door.
smart•ness, n. [uncountable]
usually: a + ~] a sharp local pain.
- smarts, [uncountable;
used with a singular verb][Informal.]intelligence;
common sense:has a lot of smarts.
(smärt), v., adj., -er, -est, adv., n.
- to be a source of sharp, local, and usually superficial pain, as a wound.
- to be the cause of a sharp, stinging pain, as an irritating application, a blow, etc.
- to feel a sharp, stinging pain, as in a wound.
- to suffer keenly from wounded feelings:She smarted under their criticism.
- to feel shame or remorse or to suffer in punishment or in return for something.
- to cause a sharp pain to or in.
- quick or prompt in action, as persons.
- having or showing quick intelligence or ready mental capability:a smart student.
- shrewd or sharp, as a person in dealing with others or as in business dealings:a smart businessman.
- clever, witty, or readily effective, as a speaker, speech, rejoinder, etc.
- dashingly or impressively neat or trim in appearance, as persons, dress, etc.
- socially elegant; sophisticated or fashionable:the smart crowd.
- sharply brisk, vigorous, or active:to walk with smart steps.
- sharply severe, as a blow, stroke, etc.
- sharp or keen:a smart pain.
- [Informal.]equipped with, using, or containing electronic control devices, as computer systems, microprocessors, or missiles:a smart phone; a smart copier.
- Computing[Computers.]intelligent (def. 4).
- [Older Use.]considerable;
- in a smart manner;
- a sharp local pain, usually superficial, as from a wound, blow, or sting.
- keen mental suffering, as from wounded feelings, affliction, grievous loss, etc.
- smarts, [Slang.]intelligence;
common sense:He never had the smarts to use his opportunities.
1 . pain, hurt, sting. 7 . lively, nimble, agile, alert, active. 8 . bright, sharp, expert, adroit. 9 . cunning, adept. 11 . spruce;
(verb, verbal) Middle English smerten, Old English -smeortan (only in the compound fyrsmeortende painful like fire), cognate with Old High German smerzan (German schmerzen);
(adjective, adjectival) Middle English smerte, smart quick, prompt, sharp, origin, originally, biting, smarting, late Old English smearte, akin to the verb, verbal;
(adverb, adverbial and noun, nominal) Middle English smerte, derivative of the adjective, adjectival
pretentious, showy. 12 . chic. 14 . energetic. 16 . stinging, poignant, penetrating.
8 . stupid.
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
smart /smɑːt/ adj
vb (mainly intr)
- astute, as in business; clever or bright
- quick, witty, and often impertinent in speech: a smart talker
- fashionable; chic: a smart hotel
- well-kept; neat
- causing a sharp stinging pain
- vigorous or brisk
- (of systems) operating as if by human intelligence by using automatic computer control
- (of a projectile or bomb) containing a device that allows it to be guided to its target
- to feel, cause, or be the source of a sharp stinging physical pain or keen mental distress: a nettle sting smarts, he smarted under their abuse
- (often followed by for) to suffer a harsh penalty
- a stinging pain or feeling
Etymology: Old English smeortan; related to Old High German smerzan, Latin mordēre to bite, Greek smerdnos terribleˈsmartly adv ˈsmartness n
- in a smart manner
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