Smart vs Foolish - What's the difference?

smart | foolish | Antonyms |

Smart is an antonym of foolish.


As adjectives the difference between smart and foolish

is that smart is causing sharp pain; stinging while foolish is lacking good sense or judgement; unwise.

As a verb smart

is to hurt or sting.

As a noun smart

is a sharp, quick, lively pain; a sting.

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smart

English

Etymology 1

From (etyl) smerten, from (etyl) .

Verb

  • To hurt or sting.
  • After being hit with a pitch, the batter exclaimed "Ouch, my arm smarts !"
  • * 1897 , (Bram Stoker), (Dracula) Chapter 21
  • He moved convulsively, and as he did so, said, "I'll be quiet, Doctor. Tell them to take off the strait waistcoat. I have had a terrible dream, and it has left me so weak that I cannot move. What's wrong with my face? It feels all swollen, and it smarts dreadfully."
  • To cause a smart or sting in.
  • * T. Adams
  • A goad that smarts the flesh.
  • To feel a pungent pain of mind; to feel sharp pain or grief; to suffer; to feel the sting of evil.
  • * Alexander Pope
  • No creature smarts so little as a fool.
  • * Bible, Proverbs xi. 15
  • He that is surety for a stranger shall smart for it.

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) smart, smarte, smerte, from (etyl) .

    Adjective

    (er)
  • Causing sharp pain; stinging.
  • * Shakespeare
  • How smart a lash that speech doth give my conscience.
  • Sharp; keen; poignant.
  • a smart pain
  • Exhibiting social ability or cleverness.
  • * 1811 , Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility , chapter 19
  • I always preferred the church, and I still do. But that was not smart' enough for my family. They recommended the army. That was a great deal too ' smart for me.
  • Exhibiting intellectual knowledge, such as that found in books.
  • (often, in combination) Equipped with intelligent behaviour.
  • smart''' bomb'', '''''smart car
    smart'''card'', '''''smart phone
  • Good-looking.
  • a smart outfit
  • Cleverly shrewd and humorous in a way that may be rude and disrespectful.
  • He became tired of his daughter's sarcasm and smart remarks''.
  • * Young
  • Who, for the poor renown of being smart / Would leave a sting within a brother's heart?
  • * Addison
  • a sentence or two, which I thought very smart
  • Sudden and intense.
  • * Clarendon
  • smart skirmishes, in which many fell
  • * 1860 July 9, Henry David Thoreau, journal entry, from Thoreau's bird-lore'', Francis H. Allen (editor), Houghton Mifflin (Boston, 1910), ''Thoreau on Birds: notes on New England birds from the Journals of Henry David Thoreau , Beacon Press, (Boston, 1993), page 239:
  • There is a smart shower at 5 P.M., and in the midst of it a hummingbird is busy about the flowers in the garden, unmindful of it, though you would think that each big drop that struck him would be a serious accident.
  • (US, Southern, dated) Intense in feeling; painful. Used usually with the adverb intensifier right .
  • He raised his voice, and it hurt her feelings right smart .
    That cast on his leg chaffs him right smart .
  • (archaic) Efficient; vigorous; brilliant.
  • * Dryden
  • The stars shine smarter .
  • (archaic) Pretentious; showy; spruce.
  • a smart gown
  • (archaic) Brisk; fresh.
  • a smart breeze
    Synonyms
    * (exhibiting social ability) bright, capable, sophisticated, witty * (exhibiting intellectual knowledge) cultivated, educated, learned, see also * (good-looking) attractive, chic, stylish, handsome * silly
    Antonyms
    * (exhibiting social ability) backward, banal, boorish, dull, inept * (exhibiting intellectual knowledge) ignorant, uncultivated, simple * (good-looking) garish, , tacky
    Derived terms
    * smart aleck * smart as a whip * smart casual * smart off

    Etymology 3

    From (etyl) smerte, from . More above.

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • A sharp, quick, lively pain; a sting.
  • Mental pain or suffering; grief; affliction.
  • * Milton
  • To stand 'twixt us and our deserved smart .
  • * Spenser
  • Counsel mitigates the greatest smart .
  • Smart-money.
  • (slang, dated) A dandy; one who is smart in dress; one who is brisk, vivacious, or clever.
  • (Fielding)

    Anagrams

    * * ----

    foolish

    English

    Adjective

    (en-adj)
  • Lacking good sense or judgement; unwise.
  • :
  • *
  • *:As a political system democracy seems to me extraordinarily foolish , but I would not go out of my way to protest against it. My servant is, so far as I am concerned, welcome to as many votes as he can get. I would very gladly make mine over to him if I could.
  • Resembling or characteristic of a fool.
  • :
  • *(Aeschylus)
  • *:It is a profitable thing, if one is wise, to seem foolish .
  • Synonyms

    * absurd * idiotic * ridiculous * silly * unwise

    Antonyms

    * wise

    Derived terms

    * foolishness