Definition of smart in English:

smart

adjective

  • 1informal Having or showing a quick-witted intelligence.

    ‘if he was that smart he would never have been tricked’
    • ‘Shelly was smart, intellectual, and quiet while Kenny, her total opposite, was loud, ridiculous, and hilarious.’
    • ‘If the newspaper publisher is smart, then the intelligent design ought to be continuously updated.’
    • ‘A very smart and quick-witted comic, Wuhl always has tons of energy that holds the film together and keeps it moving.’
    • ‘You were beautiful, intelligent, smart, sensitive, and a real friend!’
    • ‘My little brother Zack is smart, but not geeky smart, he's intelligent.’
    • ‘Now she's always been known to be intellectually smart, but that question was really stupid and ignorant!’
    • ‘This year smart hearts and intelligent emotions are essential survival tools.’
    • ‘Once in a while, I get mail which makes me feel that the world is a very beautiful place full of smart intellectual beings.’
    • ‘I like being the smart, intelligent career woman who is respected by her peers.’
    • ‘I found Jason to be very smart and quick-witted.’
    • ‘Brilliant cop, very smart and intuitive, but at the same time he was a people's man.’
    • ‘He lists his ideal mate as needing to be smart, intelligent, possessing a sense of humour and a well toned body.’
    • ‘They equate winning with intellect, rich with smart.’
    • ‘He always seemed to be the first to get his reply in, quick-witted and clearly smart.’
    • ‘He's really, really smart - intellectually curious, thoughtful, creative, you name it.’
    • ‘It's one thing to be smart and quick-witted, but can you back it up?’
    • ‘I would just like to say that I think Owen's a very smart and intelligent kind of gentleman.’
    • ‘To execute our repertoire, dancers have to be more than good, smart, intelligent movers.’
    • ‘The sad part is that the present head and deputy head of the nation are by far the most intelligent and smart pair of leaders we have had for a long period of time.’
    • ‘On top of that, he was grace with a very smart, intelligent, warm, caring, friendly brain.’
    clever, bright, intelligent, sharp, sharp-witted, quick-witted, nimble-witted, shrewd, astute, acute, apt, able
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    1. 1.1(of a device) programmed so as to be capable of some independent action.
      ‘hi-tech smart weapons’
      • ‘They can be combined with each other and with other applications and smart devices.’
      • ‘Sales of film dropped 15 percent from last year because cameras have become smart devices.’
      • ‘Just like in all the science fiction scenarios in which the machines take over and do all sort sorts of nasty things, a truly smart machine will be capable of being a truly evil machine.’
      • ‘When the personal computer was introduced 20 years ago, few people foresaw the widespread proliferation of smart devices.’
      • ‘The third smart gun safety mechanism postulated is magnetic technology.’
      • ‘Alexa is a smart computer system capable of hearing and responding to the human voice.’
      • ‘No, these are not science fiction, they're just some of the smart devices heading our way.’
      • ‘For the moment, let's ignore three questions: Are we smart enough to program smart appliances?’
      • ‘Like many smart devices, my phone has an alarm to tell me when the battery is low.’
      • ‘Their suit accused gun makers of ignoring safety devices and smart gun technology that would prevent unauthorized shooters like Myles' killer.’
      • ‘An exhaustive work on the subject of using Linux in embedded systems and smart devices certainly could occupy a lot more pages.’
      • ‘‘Modern alarm devices are so smart, they can even tell when they need to be cleaned,’ he continues.’
      • ‘We know what's going on better than our enemies because of smart weapons and sensors.’
      • ‘Other advantages of smart devices include power consumption monitoring and reporting.’
      • ‘The camera is smart enough to sense whether a picture is taken in a portrait or landscape orientation, and compensate with White Balance and other effects based on the orientation.’
      • ‘Embedded devices add levels of intelligence to their hosting computer or smart device, and are a common technology on telecom and data networks.’
      • ‘But I do believe that the clock could be an essential part of a smart device's tech nonetheless.’
      • ‘It's a pathetically old technology, especially for an industry that prides itself on such ostensibly smart devices, and it has to go.’
      • ‘So part of the electromagnetic spectrum could be opened up to anyone who uses smart devices.’
      • ‘The joke about a surgical strike with a smart missile has been around since the first Gulf war.’
    2. 1.2North American Showing impertinence by making clever or sarcastic remarks.
      ‘don't get smart or I'll whack you one’
      • ‘You can be sure that some smart remarks were made about him, because he was a senior tax-collector and a wealthy man.’
      • ‘Howard restrained himself from commenting on that piece of advice, having found that his smart remarks were obviously not appreciated here.’
      • ‘Someone in the crowd murmured a smart remark that caused a group of girls to erupt into a fit of laughter.’
      • ‘Everything is smart and sarcastic and divisive and nasty and cutesy.’
      • ‘I was still feeling grossed out, and the real smart remark was with full sarcasm.’
      • ‘He had noticed that girl for quite some time; she was sarcastic, smart but had a terrible attitude.’
      • ‘This opened the door for me to make a smart remark, and I did.’
      • ‘Surprised at the childish attitude, they were about to snort, when his smart remark caught them off guard.’
      • ‘This was greeted with laughter and smart remarks from the crowd.’
      • ‘In other words, she had a smart remark ready the minute he stepped out of the lift.’
      • ‘Although Freyen was more of a laid-back character, Marlo completed the duo with his smart remarks and sarcastic jokes.’
      • ‘But hey, I wasn't about to make a smart remark on women; I always lose.’
      • ‘She knew her friend and knew she was good at making men angry with her bitter tone and smart remarks.’
      • ‘Before Damian could answer with a smart remark the Doctor stepped in with forced cheerfulness.’
      • ‘By that time Paige would have made a smart remark to him about table manners, but instead said nothing and kept her eyes away from his.’
      • ‘Besides the smart gestures and disturbing remarks, no.’
      • ‘Then, we'd probably make a smart remark about his daughter's driving skills.’
      • ‘And as the siren dies away the sergeant tries his smart remark.’
      • ‘Suddenly, my cell phone rang, stopping me from making a smart remark.’
      • ‘Out here in DeKalb we're tv talkers anyway, always talking back, full of smart remarks.’
  • 2(of a person) clean, neat, and well-dressed.

    ‘you look very smart’
    • ‘And being on time, having a positive outlook and a smart appearance help to make a good first impression.’
    • ‘Spit and polish did more than produce a smart appearance: it helped inculcate a corporate spirit.’
    • ‘Its not all about smart suited execs, bright young techies, missions statements and working breakfasts with the international blogerati in Kensington.’
    • ‘I had learned his smart appearance was not simply a façade.’
    • ‘But this man was the real thing: well-spoken, briefcase, smart dresser.’
    • ‘But the burglars have often been described as in their late teens or early 20s, of smart appearance and well spoken with a local accent.’
    • ‘A very smart bunch who appeared to take great delight in posing and trotting about the place.’
    • ‘The man is described as being of smart appearance, 5ft 11 in, of slim to medium build, with short, brown hair brushed forward.’
    • ‘Charlotte de Rosnay - who lived near Miss Dando - said the man's overall appearance was smart.’
    • ‘He was an octogenarian with a smart appearance, an upright stance, and a military looking moustache.’
    • ‘He was making sure that if all else failed he would be smart in appearance with a pair of black polished shoes.’
    • ‘They considered themselves to be smart and fashionable.’
    well dressed, well turned out, fashionably dressed, fashionable, stylish, chic, modish, elegant, neat, besuited, spruce, trim, dapper, debonair
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    1. 2.1(of clothes) attractively neat and stylish.
      ‘a smart blue skirt’
      • ‘The female who turns up wearing neat, smart clothing with well-groomed hair, fingernails and make-up?’
      • ‘In smart suit, immaculate blue shirt and plainish tie, Kinski attempts to demystify the complexities of the post-privatisation utility businesses.’
      • ‘His smart suit, beautifully groomed long hair and supreme confidence symbolized the vital reclamation of a lost life.’
      • ‘‘Nice outfit,’ Paul said, dressed in an equally smart suit in comparison to the scruffy clothes Kenny and Matt had thrown on.’
      • ‘Phillips dressed in smart clothes and passed himself off as an club official: perhaps it's time to introduce dress-down Saturdays for our bufties, to prevent any repeat.’
      • ‘The girls in evening dresses looked glamorous and the men wore smart clothes with a cutting edge.’
      • ‘Bacon's not-quite-leading-male good looks are complemented with nondescript, reasonably smart clothes and a neat haircut.’
      • ‘Attractive women in smart hats are not uncommon in Harrogate, but one has been singled out for special attention.’
      • ‘I guess I have to wear smart clothes, either way.’
      • ‘Many found ways of enriching themselves, parading themselves in their own vehicles and parading their wives in smart clothes, who in turn paraded their poodles or other treasures.’
      • ‘He said typical bogus callers were aged 25 to 40, could be male or female, wore a uniform, overalls, a yellow reflective jacket or smart clothes.’
      • ‘During the summer, drivers can wear a plain blue or white polo shirt and smart trousers and shoes, but not shorts or trainers.’
      • ‘I'm old-fashioned about ‘going to the bank’, clinging to the feeling that it's a posh outing, needing smart clothes.’
      • ‘I looked up to find her holding a pair of pale blue jeans and a smart button down top.’
      • ‘I probably just about have enough t-shirts, shorts and the like but I need warm weather smart clothes.’
      • ‘There came to the door, very late one evening a very shy, middle-aged man, very neat, smart suit, shirt and tie - he had just been thrown out of the family home where enough had been enough.’
      • ‘His wife may not match the famous predecessor, the fashion conscious Raisa Gorbachev who was in a class by herself, but she wears smart clothes and carries herself with dignity.’
      • ‘Now I want to just think and write something in my head but now we have commitments, actions requiring smart clothes and small-talk.’
      • ‘Six months ago I put on a shirt and tie, smart trousers and shoes and I was best man at his wedding when he remarried his ex-wife.’
      • ‘Their lovely home and Florence's smart clothes might be showing you the benefits of paying attention to this quality in yourself now.’
    2. 2.2(of a thing) bright and fresh in appearance.
      ‘a smart green van’
      • ‘He drove off in his smart van leaving me in a state of unease.’
      • ‘It is a smart green coloured train with Urdu lettering.’
      • ‘Nice, rich Jewish boy, smart house, no need for the bright, questioning girl to consider a career.’
      • ‘Feathering should be trimmed every few months, both to give the dog a smart appearance and to repel the grime that seems to accumulate there.’
      • ‘The smallish dining room is smart and comfortable, and the service has personality, wit, and a refreshingly unforced charm.’
      • ‘Near the Serpentine, he became aware of a smart green and yellow phaeton stopped ahead of him.’
      • ‘The racecourse's smart, modern appearance, location in the middle of the Downs and the glamour associated with horse racing are thought to be the main attractions.’
      • ‘It was July 1959 when David's smart, green Daimler bus was crossing through traffic lights at Heaton Park's Grand Lodge.’
      • ‘The mere fact that polish is applied to boots and shoes for the purpose of cleaning them and giving them a smart appearance seems to me to be quite irrelevant in this connection.’
      • ‘The local pub has just won Fuller's Pub of the Year competition, for the quality of its ales, smart appearance, ambient atmosphere and good food.’
      • ‘But there is much more to it than a lovely fresh ringtone or smart wallpaper.’
      • ‘That summer, we visited Spain in a rather smart Volkswagen camper van I had bought with a small bequest from my Aunt Helen, thought Salamanca was heaven on earth and decided to live there.’
      • ‘The bridge has survived flooding, and was repainted in smart Kendal green in the year 2000.’
      • ‘So, slowly but surely, the Metrobus blue-and-yellow is dying out, and that horrible green Arriva thing will be replaced by a smart red.’
      • ‘John Lewis has a good selection of styles in basic colours, as well as red, smart sagey greens, all shades of brown and even a wacky violet.’
      • ‘The new car has the appeal of fresh looks and a smart interior.’
      • ‘Far from looking dull, the black and white combinations are sharp and smart and exude timeless elegance.’
    3. 2.3(of a person or place) fashionable and upscale.
      ‘a smart restaurant’
      • ‘The daughters of an insurance investigator, they lived in a smart area close to the cathedral.’
      • ‘Pulling out of Queen's Park, heading towards Maida Vale through the smart terraces, it was all very nice, until at the Harrow Road a big gang of bus enthusiasts came on.’
      • ‘Interior of a smart City office, with an elderly businessman sitting at a large oak desk.’
      • ‘The man now regarded as one of the prime suspects in the alleged air terror plot moved into a smart area of Bahawalpur, in southern Punjab, just three months ago.’
      • ‘The family moved to their present home in a smart district on the edge of the town about two-and-a-half years ago.’
      • ‘Our weekend cottage is situated in a quiet but rather smart village in the Derbyshire Peak District, somewhere between Ashbourne, Bakewell and Buxton.’
      • ‘In 1982, he was a long way from Angola and his bush fighters, in a smart suburb of Rabat in Morocco.’
      • ‘Residents living in a smart area of Salisbury are preparing to do battle a second time to save two large detached family homes which are under threat of demolition.’
      • ‘Ayrshire - the birthplace of our national bard and producer of possibly the best bacon in Scotland - is coming into its own as a startlingly smart place to live.’
      • ‘You can have lots of ugly old photo frames, with masses of pics of yourself in smart places or with famous people.’
      • ‘Dates with the girls took place in smart locations like Mediterranean resorts and even on a luxury yacht off the Côte D' Azur.’
      • ‘When built at the turn of the last century this was in a smart district of the city, but decay has set in.’
      • ‘The style of the gate should match the house: a wicket gate would look out of place in a smart city setting, whereas antique wrought iron might lead to expectations that a cottage garden fails to meet.’
      • ‘Only a mile east of Glasgow's smart city centre streets, this - the third most deprived council ward in Scotland - might as well be on a different planet.’
      • ‘This is a very nice and smart area of central Tokyo, rather like Knightsbridge: a wide leafy boulevard with lots of side streets and fashionable places to shop.’
      • ‘Shocked residents have told of the mayhem brought to their smart suburb after a man was found shot dead.’
      • ‘After about half an hour tailing my taxi, we arrive in a smart area on the outskirts of Rhodes town itself, where modern hotels stand shoulder-to-shoulder facing a small but pleasant beach.’
      • ‘Born in 1913 into a family of means and international connections, Helms grew up in smart suburbs of Philadelphia and New York.’
      • ‘I have been to a very smart place called Century on Shaftesbury Ave.’
      • ‘The menu is Scottish with French influences, while the decor and atmosphere are smart without being stuffy.’
  • 3Quick; brisk.

    ‘I gave him a smart salute’
    • ‘Now that he has got his head in front, further successes may well follow and Richard Fahey's smart gelding is expected to complete a quick double.’
    • ‘They were wondering why the PM shut the MP up quick smart when he said something similar to what they're thinking.’
    • ‘We galloped out of Vals at a smart pace and made the 124 Km quite easily in the prescribed 2 1/2 hours.’
    • ‘We reckon that the royal family should snap up some of the domain names quick smart.’
    • ‘In the first place, we must accept that the purely biographical narratives are compressed accounts: they are stories, and they are stories which march at a smart pace.’
    brisk, quick, fast, rapid, swift, lively, spanking, energetic, spirited, vigorous, jaunty
    sharp, severe, forceful, violent
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    1. 3.1Painfully severe.
      ‘a dog that snaps is given a smart blow’

verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • 1 (of a wound or part of the body) cause a sharp, stinging pain.

    ‘the wound was smarting’
    ‘Susan rubbed her smarting eyes’
    • ‘My eyes are more than prickling now, they're smarting, and tears are rolling down my cheeks.’
    • ‘At any rate, here you are, sitting in your room, wounds smarting from the rejection.’
    • ‘Makes the skin of your face tingle and smart like it's been slapped.’
    • ‘Okay, maybe this doesn't qualify as a safety hazard, but darnit it smarts when it gets into your eyes.’
    • ‘He rubbed his elbow, which smarted from breaking his fall.’
    • ‘Though the hot wax smarted, it didn't hurt as bad as Randy would have thought.’
    • ‘A nervous-looking soldier had given her the wound, and she smarted at the pain it was causing her.’
    • ‘My tootsies are smarting like you wouldn't believe.’
    • ‘Tamara, still smarting with pain, just cried as Penelope walked out of the house in jealous rage and did not return.’
    • ‘My knees ached from sitting and my eyes smarted from staring at the screen.’
    • ‘Her eyes actually smarted with pain as she looked at it and Jade realized she had not felt the sun on her back for at least three days.’
    • ‘Wexford come to the field still smarting from the deep scratches inflicted by the Cats.’
    • ‘The light scent didn't smart or sting and was, as he put it ‘redolent of old money!’’
    • ‘While still smarting from the body blows, Mnisi appeared to be cautious while Dintsi suddenly burst into action with his jab and controlling the round.’
    sting, burn, tingle, prickle
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    1. 1.1(of a person) feel upset and annoyed.
      ‘chiefs of staff are still smarting from the government's cuts’
      • ‘The Audit Commission has extended an olive branch to the Council chiefs who are still smarting after the authority was branded ‘weak.’’
      • ‘In 1996, Kentucky was smarting from the sting of its regional final collapse against North Carolina the previous season.’
      • ‘When he went to register the theft, four other tourists were already in line ahead of him, smarting over similar humiliation.’
      • ‘Residents in Croydon, still smarting from a 27 per cent increase in this year's council tax, say an extra £20 a year until the 2012 games takes the biscuit.’
      • ‘Ireland are certain to be given a robust challenge by a team still smarting from the disappointment of conceding three goals to Netherlands in the last seven minutes of their tie on Saturday.’
      • ‘Shelbourne were still smarting from a penalty decision that went against them within fifteen seconds of the start of the second half and trailed 1-2 at the time.’
      • ‘He is still clearly smarting from the wounds from this film.’
      • ‘Even the action groups, who are still smarting from failing to win a single board seat and Treves's dogged refusal to co-opt any of them on to the board, wholeheartedly support his chairmanship.’
      • ‘It was salt in the wounds of a Fianna Fáil party smarting from a grass roots rebellion in the European and local elections.’
      • ‘And he expressed no fear about going up against a Democratic opposition, still smarting from election losses and gearing up to fight him every step of the way.’
      • ‘Chen's removal, under such circumstances, would amount to a kind of legalized coup by the Kuomintang, which is still smarting from its historic loss of the presidency in the March election.’
      • ‘This was on top of the fact that at that time he was smarting from various other frustrations with Singapore and perhaps some of the other ASEAN members.’
      • ‘When she's being patient and honest, you want to cheer; when she says she's been hurt, it smarts.’
      • ‘I was smarting from the realisation that nothing was every going to happen between me and my friend, and I couldn't focus enough to be involved with someone else, even someone as kind as the waiter.’
      • ‘Still smarting from the terrible interruption to their plans by those cunning security measures in airports - what wily geniuses the enemy are to have thought of making the check-in staff ask such questions!’
      • ‘Reed is still smarting with his side's defence after they conceded four goals in the first 20 minutes of their 5-1 FA Cup first round defeat at Farnborough.’
      • ‘Campaigners still smarting from ‘the bruises’ of wrangles with education officials four years ago advised parents of children who have been declined places from their primary school.’
      • ‘For the Democrats, still smarting from the self-inflicted wounds of Al Gore?’
      • ‘Second-rower Nathan Sharpe, smarting from the Wellington defeat when he was captain, had a stormer but, worryingly, finished the game with a shoulder injury.’
      • ‘Clarets chief Cotterill was smarting after seeing referee Colin Webster ignore his side's appeals for two late spot kicks after Ian Moore had already missed a late penalty.’

noun

  • 1North American informal Intelligence; acumen.

    ‘I don't think I have the smarts for it’
    • ‘Sensing his political smarts, his peers in the Republican Class of '96 selected him as their liaison to the party leadership.’
    • ‘I am not entirely comfortable with the implication that feeling like a fraud or an imposter with regards to intelligence or smarts or academic achievement is something that is unique to women or more prevalent in women.’
    • ‘Realize and seek out the truth that while there may indeed be gradients of intelligence, that intelligence and smarts come in many, many forms and applications.’
    • ‘Human intuition and human smarts are far better defense mechanisms than any particular technology supplies.’
    • ‘People don't see them as lacking in smarts, wit or attractiveness but as haughty and detached.’
    • ‘I've got smarts, wit, style, self-esteem, friends, career, interests - everything except… a date!’
    • ‘It just went to show that intellectual heavies could be beautiful in spite of all those smarts.’
    • ‘Spirituality is an extra that's added on to a secular base of economic savvy, career know-how, and social smarts.’
    • ‘Nikki was intelligent while Jack had a different type of smarts.’
    • ‘His smarts, strength, resourcefulness, and ability to perform while hurting are exemplary.’
    • ‘Somebody must believe they have the smarts and resourcefulness to play in a pinch without the benefit of endless preparation.’
    • ‘He's a very intelligent football player, has the savvy and smarts.’
    • ‘If evolution now turns its invisible hand to growing machine intelligence, it seems unlikely that something resembling human smarts will emerge, no matter how much we rig the system.’
    • ‘Go for a guy with the qualities that get you going: smarts, sense of humor, generous spirit.’
    • ‘I hope someone with anything like his smarts, insight and writing ability can take over that role, but that's asking a lot.’
    • ‘It has the reeled-in pyrotechnics and the muted pacing of an intelligent spy film, but it doesn't have the smarts of one, and instead opts for a clichéd scenario and cast of characters.’
    • ‘My little sister is one smart cookie - you don't get to be a PhD chemist otherwise. For all her smarts, though, she's not big on bicycle maintenance.’
    • ‘It's intellectual property, smarts, and service that are our ‘products.’’
    • ‘He has great vision and tremendous smarts in terms of knowing when to fair catch a ball and when to let it bounce.’
    astuteness, awareness, shrewdness, acuity, sharpness, sharp-wittedness, cleverness, brightness, smartness
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  • 2Sharp stinging pain.

    ‘the smart of the recent blood-raw cuts’
    1. 2.1archaic Mental pain or suffering.
      ‘sorrow is the effect of smart, and smart the effect of faith’

adverb

Archaic
  • In a quick or brisk manner.

    ‘it is better for tenants to be compelled to pay up smart’

Phrases

  • (as) smart as a whip

    • informal Very quick-witted and intelligent.

      ‘despite some of the things he says, he's smart as a whip’
      • ‘She was smart as a whip, but never got a chance to go to college.’
      • ‘Smart as a whip, he has a real knack for always being in the right place at the right time.’
      • ‘He was smart as a whip, fast witted, and had a sense of humor and adventure about him.’
      • ‘Now you're equipped with hints that will make you look smart as a whip in class.’
      • ‘I also remember something else about Todd: he was smart as a whip.’
      • ‘I've known a decent amount of young woman who are like this, creative, smart as a whip, but yet have this peculiar practical side.’
      • ‘He's smart as a whip, so there's nothing he can't learn.’
      • ‘He's smart as a whip and wise - you can't beat that combo.’
      • ‘We've had newspaper guys, previously steely eyed and smart as a whip, turn to jelly at the mere prospect of a dip in his pool.’
      • ‘I imagined a pretty daughter who was smart as a whip, who talked to me about school as we walked through the neighborhood arm in arm.’

Origin

Old English smeortan (verb); related to German schmerzen; the adjective is related to the verb, the original sense ( late Old English) being causing sharp pain; from this arose keen, brisk whence the current senses of mentally sharp and neat in a brisk, sharp style.

Pronunciation:

smart

/smärt/