\ ˈsmär-tē How to pronounce smarty (audio) \
variants: or smartie
plural smarties

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Examples of smarty in a Sentence

Don't be such a smarty. She's a real smarty and does her job very well.
Recent Examples on the Web The choice was clear: our in-house politics smarty, Alex Burns. Michael Simon Johnson, New York Times, "While You Were Sleeping," 2 Oct. 2020 Who is going to win the World Series, smarty aleck? Jason Gay, WSJ, "What’s Going On With Baseball’s Wacky Playoffs? Let Me Try to Explain," 1 Oct. 2020 Despite this, the story of still feels as immediate as ever, in large part because of the performances of Daisy Edgar-Jones as the prickly smarty-pants Marianne Sheridan and Paul Mescal as the popular, eager-to-please Connell Waldron. Keely Weiss, Harper's BAZAAR, "How Normal People's Stars Went from an Awkward Online Encounter to "Seismic" Chemistry," 29 Apr. 2020 The 45-year-old author, podcaster and general smarty-pants online influencer defeated his nearest competitors, James Holzhauer and Brad Rutter. Washington Post, "‘Jeopardy!’ has named its Greatest of All Time. But why did it have to go there?," 15 Jan. 2020 People replied with funny comments, mean comments, smarty-pants memes, etc. Sean Clancy, Arkansas Online, "PAPER TRAILS: Arkansan points out: Not a troll," 24 Nov. 2019 Now, identifying yourself as a television smarty pants — er, connoisseur — has become a bit tougher. Mary Mcnamara,, "Finished Netflix’s ‘Dark.’ What’s the German word for ‘pissed’?," 12 July 2019 Mervyn King, the governor of the Bank of England, said in the smarty-pants manner that economists are cherished for. The Economist, "Why everybody is concerned about corporate-bond liquidity," 11 July 2019 Aussie psychedelic globetrotters Tame Impala headline alongside smarty-pants rockers Vampire Weekend, R&B risers Kali Uchis and Ella Mai, and acclaimed singer-rapper Lizzo. Blake Ryan, Billboard, "A Guide to Summer Music Festival Season 2019," 24 June 2019

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First Known Use of smarty

1847, in the meaning defined above

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“Smarty.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of smarty

US, informal
: a smart person

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