smart

Although smart is most often used to describe someone who is intelligent, you can also call someone a smart, chic dresser or a smart, sassy wisecracker.

Smart often implies something good, but not always. If someone cautions you, "Don't be smart with me!" — they are demanding that you stop acting so bold and rude. As a verb, if something smarts, then it hurts. If your knee smarts, then you probably whacked it. However, if someone says that you are a smart dresser or a smart thinker, you can take those comments as compliments.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: smart

1
adj
characterized by quickness and ease in learning
2
adjvn
painfully severe
be the source of pain
a kind of pain such as that caused by a wound or a burn or a sore
3
adj
improperly forward or bold
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: smart
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adj characterized by quickness and ease in learning

smart children talk earlier than the average”
Synonyms:
bright
intelligent
having the capacity for thought and reason especially to a high degree

adj capable of independent and apparently intelligent action

smart weapons”
Synonyms
automatic
operating with minimal human intervention; independent of external control

adj quick and brisk

“I gave him a smart salute”
“we walked at a smart pace”
Synonyms
fast
acting or moving or capable of acting or moving quickly

adj showing mental alertness and calculation and resourcefulness

Synonyms
astute, sharp, shrewd
marked by practical hardheaded intelligence
cagey, cagy, canny, clever
showing self-interest and shrewdness in dealing with others
street smart, streetwise, with-it
having the shrewd resourcefulness needed to survive in an urban environment
intelligent
having the capacity for thought and reason especially to a high degree
Antonyms:
stupid
lacking or marked by lack of intellectual acuity
anserine, dopey, dopy, foolish, gooselike, goosey, goosy, jerky
having or revealing stupidity
blockheaded, boneheaded, duncical, duncish, fatheaded, loggerheaded, thick, thick-skulled, thickheaded, wooden-headed
(used informally) stupid
cloddish, doltish
heavy and dull and stupid
dense, dim, dull, dumb, obtuse, slow
slow to learn or understand; lacking intellectual acuity
gaumless, gormless
(British informal) lacking intelligence and vitality
lumpen, lumpish, unthinking
mentally sluggish
nitwitted, senseless, soft-witted, witless
(of especially persons) lacking sense or understanding or judgment
weak
deficient in intelligence or mental power
yokel-like
stupid and ignorant like proverbial rural inhabitants
stupid, unintelligent
lacking intelligence
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adj elegant and stylish

“a smart new dress”
Synonyms:
chic, voguish
fashionable, stylish
having elegance or taste or refinement in manners or dress
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adj painfully severe

“he gave the dog a smart blow”
Synonyms
intense
possessing or displaying a distinctive feature to a heightened degree

v be the source of pain

Synonyms:
ache, hurt
Types:
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bite, burn, sting
cause a sharp or stinging pain or discomfort
burn
feel hot or painful
itch
have or perceive an itch
hunger
feel the need to eat
thirst
feel the need to drink
act up
make itself felt as a recurring pain
throb
pulsate or pound with abnormal force
shoot
cause a sharp and sudden pain in
tickle, titillate, vellicate
touch (a body part) lightly so as to excite the surface nerves and cause uneasiness, laughter, or spasmodic movements
nettle, urticate
sting with or as with nettles and cause a stinging pain or sensation
twang
twitch or throb with pain
prickle, tingle
cause a stinging or tingling sensation
Type of:
cause to be perceived
have perceptible qualities

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

Synonyms:
smarting, smartness
Type of:
hurting, pain
a symptom of some physical hurt or disorder
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adj improperly forward or bold

Synonyms:
fresh, impertinent, impudent, overbold, sassy, saucy, wise
forward
used of temperament or behavior; lacking restraint or modesty
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