What does smart mean?

Definitions for smart

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word smart.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. smart, smarting, smartnessadjective

    a kind of pain such as that caused by a wound or a burn or a sore

  2. smartadjective

    showing mental alertness and calculation and resourcefulness

  3. chic, smart, voguishadjective

    elegant and stylish

    "chic elegance"; "a smart new dress"; "a suit of voguish cut"

  4. bright, smartadjective

    characterized by quickness and ease in learning

    "some children are brighter in one subject than another"; "smart children talk earlier than the average"

  5. fresh, impertinent, impudent, overbold, smart, saucy, sassy, wiseadjective

    improperly forward or bold

    "don't be fresh with me"; "impertinent of a child to lecture a grownup"; "an impudent boy given to insulting strangers"; "Don't get wise with me!"

  6. smartadjective

    painfully severe

    "he gave the dog a smart blow"

  7. smartadjective

    quick and brisk

    "I gave him a smart salute"; "we walked at a smart pace"

  8. smartverb

    capable of independent and apparently intelligent action

    "smart weapons"

  9. ache, smart, hurtverb

    be the source of pain

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Smartadjective

    Etymology: from the noun.

    How smart a lash that speech doth give my conscience? William Shakespeare.

    To the fair he fain would quarter show,
    His tender heart recoils at every blow;
    If unawares he gives too smart a stroke,
    He means but to correct, and not provoke. George Granville.

    That day was spent in smart skirmishes, in which many fell. Edward Hyde.

    This sound proceeded from the nimble and smart percussions of the ambient air, made by the swift and irregular motions of the particles of the liquors. Boyle.

    After show’rs,
    The stars shine smarter, and the moon adorns,
    As with unborrow’d beams, her sharpen’d horns. Dryden.

    It was a smart reply that Augustus made to one that ministred this comfort of the fatality of things: this was so far from giving any ease to his mind, that it was the very thing that troubled him. John Tillotson.

    You may see a smart rhetorician turning his hat in his hands, during the whole course of his harangue. A deaf man would think he was cheapening a beaver. Addison.

  2. Smartnoun

    Etymology: smeorta , Saxon; smert, Dutch; smarta, Swedish.

    Then her mind, though too late, by the smart, was brought to think of the disease. Philip Sidney.

    Mishaps are master’d by advice discreet,
    And counsel mitigates the greatest smart. Fairy Queen.

    It increased the smart of his present sufferings, to compare them with his former happiness. Francis Atterbury.

  3. Smartnoun

    A fellow affecting briskness and vivacity. A cant word.

  4. To Smartverb

    Etymology: smeortan , Saxon; smerten, Dutch.

    When a man’s wounds cease to smart, only because he has lost his feeling, they are nevertheless mortal. South.

    Human blood, when first let, is mild, and will not make the eye or a fresh wound smart. Arbuthnot.

    He that is surety for a stranger shall smart for it. Prov.

    No creature smarts so little as a fool.
    Let peals of laughter, Codrus! round thee break,
    Thou unconcern’d can’st hear the mighty crack. Alexander Pope.


  1. smart

    Smart generally refers to an individual or system possessing or demonstrating quick-witted intelligence or having the ability to make good decisions and judgments. In technological context, smart often refers to devices or systems that are automated, connected, or able to carry out tasks without human intervention, often using advanced features and functions based on technology, like smartphones or smart homes.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Smartverb

    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

  2. Smartverb

    to feel a pungent pain of mind; to feel sharp pain or grief; to suffer; to feel the sting of evil

  3. Smartverb

    to cause a smart in

  4. Smartverb

    quick, pungent, lively pain; a pricking local pain, as the pain from puncture by nettles

  5. Smartverb

    severe, pungent pain of mind; pungent grief; as, the smart of affliction

  6. Smartverb

    a fellow who affects smartness, briskness, and vivacity; a dandy

  7. Smartverb

    smart money (see below)

  8. Smartverb

    causing a smart; pungent; pricking; as, a smart stroke or taste

  9. Smartverb

    keen; severe; poignant; as, smart pain

  10. Smartverb

    vigorous; sharp; severe

  11. Smartverb

    accomplishing, or able to accomplish, results quickly; active; sharp; clever

  12. Smartverb

    efficient; vigorous; brilliant

  13. Smartverb

    marked by acuteness or shrewdness; quick in suggestion or reply; vivacious; witty; as, a smart reply; a smart saying

  14. Smartverb

    pretentious; showy; spruce; as, a smart gown

  15. Smartverb

    brisk; fresh; as, a smart breeze

  16. Etymology: [OE. smerte. See Smart, v. i.]


  1. SMart

    SMart is a British CBBC television programme based on the subject of art, which began in 1994 and ended in 2009. The programme was recorded at BBC Television Centre in London, previously it had been recorded in Studio A at BBC Pebble Mill in Birmingham. The format is similar to the Tony Hart programmes Take Hart and Hartbeat. The show was revamped into an hour-long show in 2007; it was previously a 25 minute show. The 'older' 25 minute shows from 1994-2005 also featured Morph, originally from Take Hart. It has 199 episodes.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Smart

    smärt, n. quick, stinging pain of body or mind: smart-money: a dandy.—v.i. to feel a smart: to be punished.—adj. causing a smart: severe: sharp: vigorous, brisk: acute, witty, pert, vivacious: well-dressed, fine, fashionable: keen in business: creditable, up-to-the-mark.—v.t. Smart′en, to make smart, to brighten (with up).—adv. Smart′ly.—ns. Smart′-mon′ey, money paid by a recruit for his release before being sworn in: money paid for escape from any unpleasant situation or engagement: excessive damages: money allowed to soldiers and sailors for wounds; Smart′ness; Smart′-tick′et, a certificate granted to one entitled to smart-money; Smart′-weed, a name given to some of the Milkworts from their acrid properties, esp. Polygonum Hydropiper, or Waterpepper; Smart′y, a would-be smart fellow. [A.S. smeortan; Dut. smarten, Ger. schmerzen.]

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. smart

    Said of a program that does the Right Thing in a wide variety of complicated circumstances. There is a difference between calling a program smart and calling it intelligent; in particular, there do not exist any intelligent programs (yet — see AI-complete). Compare robust (smart programs can be brittle).

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. smart

    Ready, active, and intelligent.

Editors Contribution

  1. smart

    A form of intelligent, practical and logical technology.

    Smart technology is a term used to describe intelligent, practical and logical technology.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 14, 2020  

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. SMART

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Smart is ranked #1388 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Smart surname appeared 25,528 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 9 would have the surname Smart.

    72.8% or 18,595 total occurrences were White.
    20.2% or 5,172 total occurrences were Black.
    2.4% or 633 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.1% or 549 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.5% or 403 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.6% or 176 total occurrences were Asian.

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British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'smart' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3340

  2. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'smart' in Adjectives Frequency: #724

Anagrams for smart »

  1. marts

  2. trams

  3. stram

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of smart in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of smart in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of smart in a Sentence

  1. Sean Payton:

    He's played in this league a long time, he's had a great career. He's been smart with his money and it was something that deep down inside he felt. It's not unusual, really, in training camp. It's happened a number of times.

  2. Neil Mawston:

    Some consumers aspire to own the 'full set' of a big house, big car, big TV and big smart phone.

  3. Jonas Samuelson:

    We will not change our basic strategy, we will continue to improve cost, quality and flexibility, through for example modularization of our product designs and through smart automation of our manufacturing processes.

  4. Lisa Jackson:

    At Apple Stores, we’re constantly working toward smart solutions to address climate change and conserve our planet’s precious resources.

  5. Elizabeth Schneider:

    I think the wine has its own reputation now and a lot of people don't know or even care that it's Brangelina's wine anymore, the scores, ratings, and the stuff in the bottle is always what it comes down to with sales. Wine drinkers are smart and not easily fooled. Celebrity can get an initial sale but if a wine is bad, they aren't going to buy it again.

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