Having obtained worldly experience, and lacking ; cosmopolitan.
Complicated, especially of complex technology.
Appealing to the tastes of an intellectual; cerebral.
(obsolete, UK) Dishonest or misleading.
* (having obtained worldly experience) provincial
* (having obtained worldly experience) worldly
Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary: Tenth Edition 1997
From (etyl) smerten, from (etyl) .
To hurt or sting.
* 1897 , (Bram Stoker), (Dracula) Chapter 21
- After being hit with a pitch, the batter exclaimed "Ouch, my arm smarts !"
To cause a smart or sting in.
* T. Adams
- 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 feel a pungent pain of mind; to feel sharp pain or grief; to suffer; to feel the sting of evil.
* Alexander Pope
- A goad that smarts the flesh.
* Bible, Proverbs xi. 15
- No creature smarts so little as a fool.
- He that is surety for a stranger shall smart for it.
From (etyl) smart, smarte, smerte, from (etyl) .
Causing sharp pain; stinging.
Sharp; keen; poignant.
- How smart a lash that speech doth give my conscience.
Exhibiting social ability or cleverness.
* 1811 , Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility , chapter 19
- a smart pain
Exhibiting intellectual knowledge, such as that found in books.
(often, in combination) Equipped with intelligent behaviour.
- 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.
- smart''' bomb'', '''''smart car
- smart'''card'', '''''smart phone
Cleverly shrewd and humorous in a way that may be rude and disrespectful.
- a smart outfit
- He became tired of his daughter's sarcasm and smart remarks''.
- Who, for the poor renown of being smart / Would leave a sting within a brother's heart?
Sudden and intense.
- a sentence or two, which I thought very smart
* 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:
- smart skirmishes, in which many fell
(US, Southern, dated) Intense in feeling; painful. Used usually with the adverb intensifier right .
- 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.
- He raised his voice, and it hurt her feelings right smart .
(archaic) Efficient; vigorous; brilliant.
- That cast on his leg chaffs him right smart .
(archaic) Pretentious; showy; spruce.
- The stars shine smarter .
(archaic) Brisk; fresh.
- a smart gown
- a smart breeze
* (exhibiting social ability) bright, capable, sophisticated, witty
* (exhibiting intellectual knowledge) cultivated, educated, learned, see also
* (good-looking) attractive, chic, stylish, handsome
* (exhibiting social ability) backward, banal, boorish, dull, inept
* (exhibiting intellectual knowledge) ignorant, uncultivated, simple
* (good-looking) garish, , tacky
* smart aleck
* smart as a whip
* smart casual
* smart off
From (etyl) smerte, from . More above.
A sharp, quick, lively pain; a sting.
Mental pain or suffering; grief; affliction.
- To stand 'twixt us and our deserved smart .
(slang, dated) A dandy; one who is smart in dress; one who is brisk, vivacious, or clever.
- Counsel mitigates the greatest smart .