Poodles are said to be smart dogs.
That was a smart investment.
He gave her a smart answer. Verb
Her eyes were smarting from the smoke.
the injection only smarted for a moment Noun
the toddler was whining over the smart from the cut
she had the smarts to start college at age 16, but perhaps not the emotional maturity Adverb
He plays smart and the fans appreciate that.
I dress smarter than she does. Play it smart during the contract negotiations and you'll get more vacation time.See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Amazon’s latest Echo Show 8 smart display is on sale for $104.99 (was $149.99) for Black Friday.—Rudie Obias, Variety, 20 Nov. 2023 Perhaps the brightest name in smart lighting, and certainly one of the longest serving, Philips Hue offers a wide range of gadgetry to illuminate your home and bring some color to your life.—Simon Hill, WIRED, 20 Nov. 2023 Being around her, seeing how smart Taylor is, has been f—ing mind-blowing.—Rania Aniftos, Billboard, 20 Nov. 2023 Plaza usually plays smart, remote, upper-middle-class women who sublimate their anger into humor.—Vinson Cunningham, The New Yorker, 20 Nov. 2023 The screenplay comes from The White Lotus creator Mike White, so smart humor abounds.—Eric Andersson, Peoplemag, 19 Nov. 2023 This smart mirror has a sensor that makes its eight-inch mirror light up the moment your face gets close up to it.—Angela Trakoshis, Allure, 19 Nov. 2023 Travelers can monitor wait times at the Border Wait Times website or download the Border Wait Times mobile application on their smart phones.—Lyndsay Winkley, San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 Nov. 2023 This smart toothbrush connects to your smartphone via Bluetooth to give you feedback on your brushing habits.—Natalie Rahhal, Health, 6 Nov. 2023
Her Katniss Everdeen was someone to root for, not to mention something of a rarity at the time in terms of resourceful female action heroes whose battle smarts never crush their humanity.—David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 9 Nov. 2023 Another wild card in play is the number of lawmakers still loyal to McCarthy and whp are still potentially smarting over his removal.—Benjamin Siegel, ABC News, 10 Oct. 2023 The Biden administration, smarting from criticism of its record on climate, is gearing up to take on industrial polluters in a potential second term, my colleague Coral Davenport reports.—David Gelles, New York Times, 19 Sep. 2023 While the plans are exceedingly modest for now, the Climate Corps could be a means for Biden to make his environmental agenda resonate with younger voters still smarting from the administration’s approval of the Willow Project.—Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, 21 Sep. 2023 Martinez was left shaking his head, just like Hernández, who was still smarting a week after Judge’s home run robbery.—Scott Miller, New York Times, 13 July 2023 Girolamo Savonarola, a proud young man smarting from rejection and appalled by church corruption, embarks on an increasingly militant moral crusade.—Staff, The Christian Science Monitor, 28 Aug. 2023 The decision left many in Huntsville smarting at being cast into the outer orbit of influence and questioning whether their city was passed over for political reasons beyond their control.—Emily Cochrane, New York Times, 5 Aug. 2023 But the real focus of the first few episodes is Bear, who has spent so much of the show smarting at being left behind — by his father, by Elora, by Daniel.—Lili Loofbourow, Washington Post, 2 Aug. 2023
Using quickness, smarts and anticipation helps a smaller cornerback overcome the taller receiver.—Eric Sondheimer, Los Angeles Times, 15 Nov. 2023 Perfect podcast: Get tech smarts every single day with my award-winning daily podcast.—Kim Komando, USA TODAY, 18 Aug. 2023 Read how the pop star’s net worth has soared through touring, album sales and business smarts.—Ryan Faughnder, Los Angeles Times, 31 Oct. 2023 Whereas the Apple Watch SE is a capable sports watch that excels at being a smartwatch, the Amazfit GTS 4 Mini is more sports than smarts.—Chuong Nguyen, Ars Technica, 25 Oct. 2023 His tendency to extoll the smarts of some of the worst malefactors around the world and to put his personal animosities — often driven by other people not accepting his delusions about the 2020 election — above any other consideration is terrible and unfixable.—Rich Lowry, National Review, 16 Oct. 2023 Tech smarts on the daily: Get my smart email newsletter 400,000+ people trust.—Kim Komando, USA TODAY, 16 July 2023 This was the definition of collective unselfishness and baseball smarts.—Bill Plaschke, Los Angeles Times, 5 Oct. 2023 These smarts aren't the only AI features Google talked about—read more about its announcement around upgrading Google Assistant with Bard here.—WIRED, 4 Oct. 2023
No smart-shaming allowed here.—Neil Senturia, San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 Mar. 2022 That means smart-stacking plates that double as lids for bowls, bowls that nest into serving platters, and so on.—Bon Appétit, 30 Nov. 2022 Here’s another smart-looking slipper that’s well-priced.—Danny Perez, Popular Mechanics, 28 Oct. 2022 Monroe eschewed a typical gown in favor of a smart-looking brown suit with a fluffy white collar, while DiMaggio wore a simple suit.—Paul Schrodt, Men's Health, 10 Oct. 2022 Seats can be trimmed in a smart-looking gray wool blend, part of Volvo’s effort to eliminate leather use by 2030.—cleveland, 24 Sep. 2022 The stand has a sleek design made from thin but sturdy fiberglass, pieced together in a smart-looking Z-shape.—Thomas Hindle, The Hollywood Reporter, 6 Apr. 2022 The smart-looking bag is made from a two-tone high-tech fabric with a clean design.—Adam Morganstern, Forbes, 9 Dec. 2021 The advent of 5G also boosted demand for more powerful server chips to handle cloud computing, artificial intelligence and smart-driving technologies.—Takashi Mochizuki, Fortune, 16 Sep. 2021 See More
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Middle English smert causing pain, from Old English smeart; akin to Old English smeortan
Middle English smerten, from Old English smeortan; akin to Old High German smerzan to pain
First Known Use
before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 7