Adjective "Smart" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


(of a person) clean, tidy, and well dressed.
  1. 'Spit and polish did more than produce a smart appearance: it helped inculcate a corporate spirit.'
  2. 'Its not all about smart suited execs, bright young techies, missions statements and working breakfasts with the international blogerati in Kensington.'
  3. 'I had learned his smart appearance was not simply a façade.'
  4. 'But the burglars have often been described as in their late teens or early 20s, of smart appearance and well spoken with a local accent.'
  5. 'The man is described as being of smart appearance, 5ft 11 in, of slim to medium build, with short, brown hair brushed forward.'
  6. 'A very smart bunch who appeared to take great delight in posing and trotting about the place.'
  7. 'a smart blue skirt'
  8. 'Attractive women in smart hats are not uncommon in Harrogate, but one has been singled out for special attention.'
  9. 'I guess I have to wear smart clothes, either way.'
  10. 'Bacon's not-quite-leading-male good looks are complemented with nondescript, reasonably smart clothes and a neat haircut.'
  11. 'The female who turns up wearing neat, smart clothing with well-groomed hair, fingernails and make-up?'
  12. 'Six months ago I put on a shirt and tie, smart trousers and shoes and I was best man at his wedding when he remarried his ex-wife.'
  13. 'There came to the door, very late one evening a very shy, middle-aged man, very neat, smart suit, shirt and tie - he had just been thrown out of the family home where enough had been enough.'
  14. 'I'm old-fashioned about ‘going to the bank’, clinging to the feeling that it's a posh outing, needing smart clothes.'
  15. 'I looked up to find her holding a pair of pale blue jeans and a smart button down top.'
  16. 'Many found ways of enriching themselves, parading themselves in their own vehicles and parading their wives in smart clothes, who in turn paraded their poodles or other treasures.'
  17. 'Their lovely home and Florence's smart clothes might be showing you the benefits of paying attention to this quality in yourself now.'
  18. 'The mere fact that polish is applied to boots and shoes for the purpose of cleaning them and giving them a smart appearance seems to me to be quite irrelevant in this connection.'
  19. 'Nice, rich Jewish boy, smart house, no need for the bright, questioning girl to consider a career.'
  20. 'The new car has the appeal of fresh looks and a smart interior.'
  21. 'He drove off in his smart van leaving me in a state of unease.'
  22. 'So, slowly but surely, the Metrobus blue-and-yellow is dying out, and that horrible green Arriva thing will be replaced by a smart red.'
  23. 'But there is much more to it than a lovely fresh ringtone or smart wallpaper.'
  24. 'John Lewis has a good selection of styles in basic colours, as well as red, smart sagey greens, all shades of brown and even a wacky violet.'
  25. 'Near the Serpentine, he became aware of a smart green and yellow phaeton stopped ahead of him.'
  26. 'Far from looking dull, the black and white combinations are sharp and smart and exude timeless elegance.'
  27. 'Pulling out of Queen's Park, heading towards Maida Vale through the smart terraces, it was all very nice, until at the Harrow Road a big gang of bus enthusiasts came on.'
  28. 'The style of the gate should match the house: a wicket gate would look out of place in a smart city setting, whereas antique wrought iron might lead to expectations that a cottage garden fails to meet.'
  29. 'Dates with the girls took place in smart locations like Mediterranean resorts and even on a luxury yacht off the Côte D' Azur.'
  30. 'Our weekend cottage is situated in a quiet but rather smart village in the Derbyshire Peak District, somewhere between Ashbourne, Bakewell and Buxton.'
  31. 'When built at the turn of the last century this was in a smart district of the city, but decay has set in.'
  32. 'Only a mile east of Glasgow's smart city centre streets, this - the third most deprived council ward in Scotland - might as well be on a different planet.'
  33. 'Born in 1913 into a family of means and international connections, Helms grew up in smart suburbs of Philadelphia and New York.'
  34. 'This is a very nice and smart area of central Tokyo, rather like Knightsbridge: a wide leafy boulevard with lots of side streets and fashionable places to shop.'
  35. 'I have been to a very smart place called Century on Shaftesbury Ave.'
  36. 'Shocked residents have told of the mayhem brought to their smart suburb after a man was found shot dead.'
Having or showing a quick-witted intelligence.
  1. 'On top of that, he was grace with a very smart, intelligent, warm, caring, friendly brain.'
  2. 'My little brother Zack is smart, but not geeky smart, he's intelligent.'
  3. 'He lists his ideal mate as needing to be smart, intelligent, possessing a sense of humour and a well toned body.'
  4. 'Brilliant cop, very smart and intuitive, but at the same time he was a people's man.'
  5. 'Now she's always been known to be intellectually smart, but that question was really stupid and ignorant!'
  6. 'The sad part is that the present head and deputy head of the nation are by far the most intelligent and smart pair of leaders we have had for a long period of time.'
  7. 'He always seemed to be the first to get his reply in, quick-witted and clearly smart.'
  8. 'I would just like to say that I think Owen's a very smart and intelligent kind of gentleman.'
  9. 'It's one thing to be smart and quick-witted, but can you back it up?'
  10. 'A very smart and quick-witted comic, Wuhl always has tons of energy that holds the film together and keeps it moving.'
  11. 'hi-tech smart weapons'
  12. 'Sales of film dropped 15 percent from last year because cameras have become smart devices.'
  13. 'Just like in all the science fiction scenarios in which the machines take over and do all sort sorts of nasty things, a truly smart machine will be capable of being a truly evil machine.'
  14. 'No, these are not science fiction, they're just some of the smart devices heading our way.'
  15. 'It's a pathetically old technology, especially for an industry that prides itself on such ostensibly smart devices, and it has to go.'
  16. 'Alexa is a smart computer system capable of hearing and responding to the human voice.'
  17. 'So part of the electromagnetic spectrum could be opened up to anyone who uses smart devices.'
  18. '‘Modern alarm devices are so smart, they can even tell when they need to be cleaned,’ he continues.'
  19. 'Other advantages of smart devices include power consumption monitoring and reporting.'
  20. 'When the personal computer was introduced 20 years ago, few people foresaw the widespread proliferation of smart devices.'
  21. 'For the moment, let's ignore three questions: Are we smart enough to program smart appliances?'
  22. 'Suddenly, my cell phone rang, stopping me from making a smart remark.'
  23. 'In other words, she had a smart remark ready the minute he stepped out of the lift.'
  24. 'She knew her friend and knew she was good at making men angry with her bitter tone and smart remarks.'
  25. 'Out here in DeKalb we're tv talkers anyway, always talking back, full of smart remarks.'
  26. 'Then, we'd probably make a smart remark about his daughter's driving skills.'
  27. 'I was still feeling grossed out, and the real smart remark was with full sarcasm.'
  28. 'But hey, I wasn't about to make a smart remark on women; I always lose.'
  29. 'By that time Paige would have made a smart remark to him about table manners, but instead said nothing and kept her eyes away from his.'
  30. 'Besides the smart gestures and disturbing remarks, no.'
  31. 'Everything is smart and sarcastic and divisive and nasty and cutesy.'
Quick; brisk.
  1. 'Now that he has got his head in front, further successes may well follow and Richard Fahey's smart gelding is expected to complete a quick double.'
  2. 'In the first place, we must accept that the purely biographical narratives are compressed accounts: they are stories, and they are stories which march at a smart pace.'
  3. 'They were wondering why the PM shut the MP up quick smart when he said something similar to what they're thinking.'


(of part of the body) feel a sharp stinging pain.
  1. 'Tamara, still smarting with pain, just cried as Penelope walked out of the house in jealous rage and did not return.'
  2. 'Okay, maybe this doesn't qualify as a safety hazard, but darnit it smarts when it gets into your eyes.'
  3. 'Though the hot wax smarted, it didn't hurt as bad as Randy would have thought.'
  4. 'At any rate, here you are, sitting in your room, wounds smarting from the rejection.'
  5. 'While still smarting from the body blows, Mnisi appeared to be cautious while Dintsi suddenly burst into action with his jab and controlling the round.'
  6. 'My tootsies are smarting like you wouldn't believe.'
  7. 'My knees ached from sitting and my eyes smarted from staring at the screen.'
  8. 'defence chiefs are still smarting from the government's cuts'
  9. 'It was salt in the wounds of a Fianna Fáil party smarting from a grass roots rebellion in the European and local elections.'
  10. 'Second-rower Nathan Sharpe, smarting from the Wellington defeat when he was captain, had a stormer but, worryingly, finished the game with a shoulder injury.'
  11. 'Shelbourne were still smarting from a penalty decision that went against them within fifteen seconds of the start of the second half and trailed 1-2 at the time.'
  12. 'I was smarting from the realisation that nothing was every going to happen between me and my friend, and I couldn't focus enough to be involved with someone else, even someone as kind as the waiter.'
  13. 'Ireland are certain to be given a robust challenge by a team still smarting from the disappointment of conceding three goals to Netherlands in the last seven minutes of their tie on Saturday.'
  14. 'Campaigners still smarting from ‘the bruises’ of wrangles with education officials four years ago advised parents of children who have been declined places from their primary school.'
  15. 'Even the action groups, who are still smarting from failing to win a single board seat and Treves's dogged refusal to co-opt any of them on to the board, wholeheartedly support his chairmanship.'
  16. 'For the Democrats, still smarting from the self-inflicted wounds of Al Gore?'
  17. 'When she's being patient and honest, you want to cheer; when she says she's been hurt, it smarts.'
  18. 'Clarets chief Cotterill was smarting after seeing referee Colin Webster ignore his side's appeals for two late spot kicks after Ian Moore had already missed a late penalty.'


Sharp stinging pain.
  1. 'sorrow is the effect of smart, and smart the effect of faith'
Intelligence; acumen.
  1. 'It has the reeled-in pyrotechnics and the muted pacing of an intelligent spy film, but it doesn't have the smarts of one, and instead opts for a clichéd scenario and cast of characters.'
  2. 'It just went to show that intellectual heavies could be beautiful in spite of all those smarts.'
  3. 'People don't see them as lacking in smarts, wit or attractiveness but as haughty and detached.'
  4. 'Realize and seek out the truth that while there may indeed be gradients of intelligence, that intelligence and smarts come in many, many forms and applications.'
  5. 'Spirituality is an extra that's added on to a secular base of economic savvy, career know-how, and social smarts.'
  6. 'I hope someone with anything like his smarts, insight and writing ability can take over that role, but that's asking a lot.'
  7. 'Human intuition and human smarts are far better defense mechanisms than any particular technology supplies.'
  8. 'His smarts, strength, resourcefulness, and ability to perform while hurting are exemplary.'
  9. 'He's a very intelligent football player, has the savvy and smarts.'
  10. 'It's intellectual property, smarts, and service that are our ‘products.’'


1. to be a source of sharp, local, and usually superficial pain, as a wound.

2. to be the cause of a sharp, stinging pain, as an irritating application, a blow, etc.

3. to feel a sharp, stinging pain, as in a wound.

4. to suffer keenly from wounded feelings: She smarted under their criticism.

5. to feel shame or remorse or to suffer in punishment or in return for something. verb (used with object)

6. to cause a sharp pain to or in. adjective, smarter,

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be smart without things."

"wrens can be smart in uniforms."

"trains can be smart for whiles."

"thrifts can be smart in cashs."

"societies can be smart about uses."

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Old English smeortan (verb), of West Germanic origin; related to German schmerzen; the adjective is related to the verb, the original sense ( late Old English) being ‘causing sharp pain’; from this arose ‘keen, brisk’, whence the current senses of ‘mentally sharp’ and ‘neat in a brisk, sharp style’.


(as) smart as a whip
look smart