Definition and Meanings for smart

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Smart is ranked 19,283 in the ranking of most used words in English

Part of Speech of smart

intransitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun, transitive verb, noun, adjective, comparative, superlative

Etymology of smart

oe. smarten, as. smeortan; akin to d. smarten, smerten, g. schmerzen, ohg. smerzan, dan. smerte, sw. sm, d. smart, smert, a pain, g. schmerz, ohg. smerzo, and probably to l. mordere to bite; cf. gr. smerdno`s, smerdale`os, terrible, fearful, skr. m to rub, crush. cf. morsel oe. smerte. see smart, v. i.pos oe. smerte. see smart, v. i.pos

Meaning of smart


as intransitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun

  • 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.
  • to feel a pungent pain of mind; to feel sharp pain or grief; to suffer; to feel the sting of evil; as, the team is still smarting from its loss of the championship.

as transitive verb

  • to cause a smart in.

as noun, intransitive verb

  • quick, pungent, lively pain; a pricking local pain, as the pain from puncture by nettles.
  • severe, pungent pain of mind; pungent grief; as, the smart of affliction.
  • a fellow who affects smartness, briskness, and vivacity; a dandy.
  • smart money (see below).

as adjective, comparative, superlative, intransitive verb

  • causing a smart; pungent; pricking; as, a smart stroke or taste.
  • keen; severe; poignant; as, smart pain.
  • vigorous; sharp; severe.
  • accomplishing, or able to accomplish, results quickly; active; sharp; clever.
  • efficient; vigorous; brilliant.
  • marked by acuteness or shrewdness; quick in suggestion or reply; vivacious; witty; as, a smart reply; a smart saying.
  • pretentious; showy; spruce; as, a smart gown.
  • brisk; fresh; as, a smart breeze.
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