Definition of smartly in English:

smartly

adverb

  • 1In an attractively neat and stylish manner.

    ‘he was dressed smartly in his suit’
    ‘the men were smartly groomed’
    • ‘The two sisters are dressed in elegant designer clothes, and we first see their boyfriends in smartly tailored business suits.’
    • ‘The bad girl is always smartly clothed and knows how to make people unhappy.’
    • ‘A lean man, smartly dressed, wearing shades, hovers menacingly.’
    • ‘A tuxedoed pianist plays soft jazz to entertain the smartly dressed clientele that occasionally drift in.’
    • ‘We were encouraged to expect, come hell or high water, ranks of smartly dressed sailors arrayed on the flight deck of the carrier, bathed in blue light.’
    • ‘The beautiful blushing bride and smartly attired groom stole the show in what was a great day and night's entertainment.’
    • ‘Smartly turned out in khaki uniform, the women kept pace with their male counterparts.’
    • ‘I can arrive at work, my hair smartly coiffed in place with a giant claw clip, bobby pins keeping any strays in place.’
    • ‘In almost every shot, they wear their power and privilege as comfortably as their smartly tailored clothes.’
    • ‘Our luggage was borne by staff smartly garbed in period dress and elaborate boat-shaped headgear.’
    1. 1.1 In a fashionable and upmarket style.
      ‘the restaurant is smartly decorated’
      ‘the smartly furnished house’
      • ‘They give a nod to the nautical in their Marine collection, smartly emblazoned with stripes and anchors, like this $38 butter dish.’
      • ‘The building is smartly renovated and almost filled with tenants paying market-rate prices for New York–style lofts.’
      • ‘His photography is elegant and smartly framed, and the period detail looks right.’
      • ‘The windows are smartly dressed with valances that hide cornices on the exterior of the house.’
      • ‘The room, once so bad they almost moved, was now a smartly redesigned embrace of sunshine that beckons all to sit and relax.’
      • ‘If you are looking for a computer that can sit smartly on a desk or kitchen table and go on the road occasionally, you should consider this model.’
      • ‘Living inside smartly decorated, beautiful interiors greatly improves one's quality of life, and the bathroom should be no exception.’
      • ‘Packed smartly into a nice case, the whole bunch of hardware is sold for $1,699.’
      • ‘In the centre of the canvas, a smartly decorated airplane with its angular bands of colour provides a metaphorical bridge between the two societies.’
      • ‘Brighten your household chores with nifty looking, smartly coloured tools that might make the job a bit less tedious.’
  • 2In a manner showing quick-witted intelligence or skill.

    ‘a smartly conceived menu’
    ‘the action sequences are smartly executed’
    • ‘Included here is the original 'tearful' ending sequence that was smartly axed in favor of the revised ending.’
    • ‘Instead of churning out a subpar film, they smartly walked away from the project.’
    • ‘She smartly tapped Cukor to direct the screen version of The Philadelphia Story.’
    • ‘Now we must move ahead smartly.’
    • ‘Smartly, it gives you a little history lesson on 3D movies.’
    • ‘Although it may be smartly scripted and ingeniously plotted, this is unapologetically a genre flick.’
    • ‘I think he is smartly building an audience and will be around for a long time.’
    • ‘The concepts of family and need central to his ideas are so smartly expressed through the graphic images that nothing feels arbitrary.’
    • ‘The proof lies in the way the story treads a fine line between goofy comedy and smartly written dialogue.’
    • ‘Smartly, the creators have not turned Mom into a one-joke character.’
  • 3In a quick or brisk manner.

    ‘we marched smartly to the main assembly hall’
    • ‘When I was done packing, I went downstairs and rapped smartly on their front door.’
    • ‘The romance scenes moved smartly, never lingering long enough to be physically painful.’
    • ‘I slapped them both smartly.’
    • ‘Confronted with a fake doctor, one would ideally stride smartly off in the other direction.’
    • ‘As she reached the door, she turned smartly around and faced David.’
    • ‘We see a high school clarinetist marching smartly up and down the football field in perfect cadence with the others.’
    • ‘I sat up smartly, as if I'd thought of the idea myself.’
    • ‘She smartly backhanded him across the forehead, effectively shutting him up before he blew her cover.’
    • ‘It's about walking together—forward and back, side to side—one stepping smartly, the other lumbering anxiously.’
    • ‘At this juncture, we propose to designate this as one of those silly stories their spin doctors get themselves tied in knots over, leave them to it, and stroll smartly off.’

Pronunciation

smartly

/ˈsmɑːtli/