Smart

Definition of Smart

Pronunciation: smärt
v. i.1.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.
[imp. & p. p. Smarted; p. pr. & vb. n. Smarting.]
2.To feel a pungent pain of mind; to feel sharp pain or grief; to suffer; to feel the sting of evil; as, the team is still smarting from its loss of the championship.
No creature smarts so little as a fool.
- Pope.
He that is surety for a stranger shall smart for it.
- Prov. xi. 15.
v. t.1.To cause a smart in.
n.1.Quick, pungent, lively pain; a pricking local pain, as the pain from puncture by nettles.
2.Severe, pungent pain of mind; pungent grief; as, the smart of affliction.
To stand 'twixt us and our deserved smart.
- Milton.
Counsel mitigates the greatest smart.
- Spenser.
3.A fellow who affects smartness, briskness, and vivacity; a dandy.
4.Smart money (see below).
a.1.Causing a smart; pungent; pricking; as, a smart stroke or taste.
How smart lash that speech doth give my conscience.
- Shak.
2.Keen; severe; poignant; as, smart pain.
3.Vigorous; sharp; severe.
4.Accomplishing, or able to accomplish, results quickly; active; sharp; clever.
5.Efficient; vigorous; brilliant.
6.Marked by acuteness or shrewdness; quick in suggestion or reply; vivacious; witty; as, a smart reply; a smart saying.
Who, for the poor renown of being smart
Would leave a sting within a brother's heart?
- Young.
A sentence or two, . . . which I thought very smart.
- Addison.
7.Pretentious; showy; spruce; as, a smart gown.
8.Brisk; fresh; as, a smart breeze.
Smart money
a - Money paid by a person to buy himself off from some unpleasant engagement or some painful situation
b - (Mil.) Money allowed to soldiers or sailors, in the English service, for wounds and injures received; also, a sum paid by a recruit, previous to being sworn in, to procure his release from service
c - (Law) Vindictive or exemplary damages; damages beyond a full compensation for the actual injury done
Smart ticket
a certificate given to wounded seamen, entitling them to smart money.
- Burrill.

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