variants or less commonly whip smart or whipsmart
: very smart or clever
whip-smart dialogue
But underestimate or patronise Jessica at your peril. She's whip-smart, ultra-ambitious and brutally honest.Kerry Potter
He is also whip smart and tenacious, driven and efficient, typical of the breed so often attracted to academic medical research.Lisa Belkin

Examples of whip-smart in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web If not for his contribution to the whip-smart writing and flat-out boldness of his long-running, raunchy yet tender, semi-autobiographical Netflix series, Big Mouth, then perhaps there’s a more compelling argument. Kevin Dolak, The Hollywood Reporter, 14 June 2024 Most of the Academy just didn’t get it, but at least Samy Burch got an Original Screenplay nomination for her whip-smart script. Savannah Salazar, Vulture, 13 Mar. 2024 The whip-smart, late-20th-century retelling of William Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew is one of the most epochal teen rom-coms. EW.com, 13 May 2024 And no one has forgotten Eloise Bridgerton, the whip-smart and brazen young woman who prefers expanding her worldview over attending balls. Christianna Silva, Better Homes & Gardens, 1 May 2024 Grey is whip-smart and activist-minded even to her detriment. Aramide Tinubu, Variety, 12 Apr. 2024 Constantly on the move from one house to another, the whip-smart youngster, who loved school but rarely attended it, spent her days tending to her younger sister. Johnny Dodd, Peoplemag, 2 Apr. 2024 Paltrow stars as Pepper Potts, Stark’s whip-smart assistant. Eric Andersson, Peoplemag, 23 Mar. 2024 The Dubs were cohesive, high-energy, and whip-smart for a full 48-minute campaign. Dieter Kurtenbach, The Mercury News, 23 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1942, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of whip-smart was in 1942

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“Whip-smart.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whip-smart. Accessed 13 Jul. 2024.

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