Definition of Smart

1. Noun. A kind of pain such as that caused by a wound or a burn or a sore.

Exact synonyms: Smarting, Smartness
Generic synonyms: Hurting, Pain

2. Verb. Be the source of pain. "Did his feet smart?"
Exact synonyms: Ache, Hurt
Specialized synonyms: Bite, Burn, Sting, Burn, Itch, Hunger, Thirst, Act Up, Throb, Shoot
Generic synonyms: Cause To Be Perceived
Derivative terms: Ache, Aching, Hurt, Hurting, Smarting

3. Adjective. Showing mental alertness and calculation and resourcefulness.
Similar to: Astute, Sharp, Shrewd, Cagey, Cagy, Canny, Clever, Street Smart, Streetwise, With-it
Also: Intelligent
Derivative terms: Smartness
Antonyms: Stupid

4. Adjective. Elegant and stylish. ; "A suit of voguish cut"
Exact synonyms: Chic, Voguish
Similar to: Fashionable, Stylish
Derivative terms: Chic, Chicness, Smartness

5. Adjective. Characterized by quickness and ease in learning. "Smart children talk earlier than the average"
Exact synonyms: Bright
Similar to: Intelligent
Derivative terms: Brightness, Smartness

6. Adjective. Improperly forward or bold. "Don't get wise with me!"

7. Adjective. Painfully severe. "He gave the dog a smart blow"
Similar to: Intense
Derivative terms: Smartness

8. Adjective. Quick and brisk. "We walked at a smart pace"
Similar to: Fast
Derivative terms: Smartness

9. Adjective. Capable of independent and apparently intelligent action. "Smart weapons"
Similar to: Automatic

Definition of Smart

1. v. i. To feel a lively, pungent local pain; -- said of some part of the body as the seat of irritation; as, my finger smarts; these wounds smart.

2. v. t. To cause a smart in.

3. n. Quick, pungent, lively pain; a pricking local pain, as the pain from puncture by nettles.

4. a. Causing a smart; pungent; pricking; as, a smart stroke or taste.

Definition of Smart

1. Initialism. Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Tangible, a mnemonic for goal-setting ¹

2. Verb. (intransitive) To hurt or sting. ¹

3. Adjective. Causing sharp pain; stinging. ¹

4. Adjective. Sharp; keen; poignant. ¹

5. Adjective. Exhibiting social ability or cleverness. ¹

6. Adjective. Exhibiting intellectual knowledge, such as that found in books. ¹

7. Adjective. Equipped with intelligent behaviour. ¹

8. Adjective. Good-looking. ¹

9. Adjective. 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. ¹

10. Adjective. Sudden and intense. ¹

11. Adjective. (US Southern dated) Intense in feeling; painful. Used usually with the adverb intensifier ''right''. ¹

12. Noun. A sharp, quick, lively pain; a sting. ¹

13. Noun. Mental pain or suffering; grief; affliction. ¹

14. Noun. Smart-money. ¹

15. Noun. A dandy; one who is smart in dress; one who is brisk, vivacious, or clever. ¹

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Definition of Smart

1. characterized by mental acuity [adj SMARTER, SMARTEST] / to cause a sharp, stinging pain [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Smart

1. 1. Causing a smart; pungent; pricking; as, a smart stroke or taste. "How smart lash that speech doth give my conscience." (Shak) 2. Keen; severe; poignant; as, smart pain. 3. Vigorous; sharp; severe. "Smart skirmishes, in which many fell." 4. Accomplishing, or able to accomplish, results quickly; active; sharp; clever. 5. Efficient; vigorous; brilliant. "The stars shine smarter." 6. Marked by acuteness or shrewdness; quick in suggestion or reply; vivacious; witty; as, a smart reply; a smart saying. "Who, for the poor renown of being smart Would leave a sting within a brother's heart?" (Young) "A sentence or two, . . . Which I thought very smart." (Addison) 7. Pretentious; showy; spruce; as, a smart gown. 8. Brisk; fresh; as, a smart breeze. Smart money. Money paid by a person to buy himself off from some unpleasant engagement or some painful situation. Vindictive or exemplary damages; damages beyond a full compensation for the actual injury done. . Smart ticket, a certificate given to wounded seamen, entitling them to smart money. Synonym: Pungent, poignant, sharp, tart, acute, quick, lively, brisk, witty, clever, keen, dashy, showy. Smart, Clever. Smart has been much used in new England to describe a person who is intelligent, vigorous, and active; as, a smart young fellow; a smart workman, etc, conciding very nearly with the English sense of clever. The nearest approach to this in England is in such expressions as, he was smart (pungent or witty) in his reply, etc.; but smart and smartness, when applied to persons, more commonly refer to dress; as, a smart appearance; a smart gown, etc. Origin: OE. Smerte. See Smart. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Smart

smart (current term)
smart alec
smart aleck
smart alecks
smart arse
smart as a whip
smart bomb
smart card

Literary usage of Smart

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. An American Glossary by Richard Hopwood Thornton (1912)
"smart—contd. 1824 A smart Little Girl, Aged six years, whose father is absent, ... 1855 Thar hain't been much rain lately, but thar's right smart of snow, ..."

2. Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the High Court of Chancery: During by John Scott Eldon, Great Britain Court of Chancery, John Singleton Copley Lyndhurst (1830)
"Upon his death, the children of Ann smart filed their bill to have the 500/. stock transferred to them ; and the question in the suit was, whether the 500/. ..."

3. A Dictionary of the English Language by Samuel Johnson, John Walker, Robert S. Jameson (1828)
"To break in pieces. lity of being smart ; quickness ;" liveliness ; briskness ... To SMACK, (smak) va To kiss ; to make to emit any quick smart noise. ..."

4. Initials and Pseudonyms: A Dictionary of Literary Disguises by William Cushing (1885)
"smart, Mrs. Anna Maria, 1732-1809. The Lass with the Guillen Locks. An English lady, of Reading, Berks. ; for more than 4() years principal proprietor of ..."

5. Chemical Abstracts by American Chemical Society (1916)
"They may be secured from Fetherstonhaugh & smart, or the Commissioner of Patents direct. Estimates of cost may be obtained in advance. ..."

6. English Literature: An Illustrated Record by Richard Garnett, Edmund Gosse (1903)
"A figure of a totally different kind was Christopher smart (1722-1770), in whose case the ... It was in the asylum that smart wrote his Song to David, ..."

7. An American Glossary by Richard Hopwood Thornton (1912)
"A smart chance. A large quantity. Bee also RIGHT smart. 1819 A considerable quantity is expressed by a smart chance ; and our hostess at Madison said there ..."

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