Smart - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |smɑːrt|  American pronunciation of the word smart
Brit.  |smɑːt|  British pronunciation of the word smart


- a kind of pain such as that caused by a wound or a burn or a sore (syn: smartness)


- be the source of pain (syn: ache, hurt)
- elegant and stylish (syn: chic)
- characterized by quickness and ease in learning (syn: bright)
- improperly forward or bold (syn: fresh, impertinent, impudent, overbold, sassy, saucy, wise)
- painfully severe
- quick and brisk
- capable of independent and apparently intelligent action


Poodles are said to be smart dogs.

That was a smart investment.

He gave her a smart answer.

...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...

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.

She was smart to refuse.

It was smart of him to reinvest his money.

You look smart.

His eyes were smarting from the dust.

He is still smarting from a put-down.

The smart kids get good grades and go off to college.

I was smart enough to wait for a week.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: smart
he/she/it: smarts
present participle: smarting
past tense: smarted
past participle: smarted
comparative: smarter
superlative: smartest
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