I. adjective Etymology: Middle English smert causing pain, from Old English smeart; akin to Old English smeortan Date: before 12th century 1. making one smart ; causing a sharp stinging 2. marked by often sharp forceful activity or vigorous strength <
a smart pull of the starter cord
3. brisk, spirited <
a smart pace
4. a. mentally alert ; bright b. knowledgeable c. shrewd <
a smart investment
5. a. witty, clever <
a smart sitcom
b. pert, saucy <
don't get smart with me
6. a. neat, trim <
soldiers in smart uniforms
b. stylish or elegant in dress or appearance c. (1) appealing to sophisticated tastes (2) characteristic of or patronized by fashionable society 7. a. being a guided missile <
a laser-guided smart bomb
b. operating by automation <
a smart machine tool
c. intelligent 3 • smartly adverbsmartness noun II. intransitive verb Etymology: Middle English smerten, from Old English smeortan; akin to Old High German smerzan to pain Date: 13th century 1. to cause or be the cause or seat of a sharp stinging pain; also to feel or have such a pain 2. a. to feel or endure distress, remorse, or embarrassment <
smarting from wounded vanity — W. L. Shirer
b. to pay a heavy or stinging penalty <
would have to smart for this foolishness
III. noun Date: 13th century 1. a smarting pain; especially a stinging local pain 2. poignant grief or remorse <
was not the sort to get over smarts — Sir Winston Churchill
3. plural, slang intelligence, know-how IV. adverb Date: 13th century in a smart manner ; smartly

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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