smart1 S3 W2 comparative smarter, superlative smartest
intelligent or sensible [= clever; ≠ stupid]:
intelligentespecially American English
The smart kids get good grades and go off to college.
I was smart enough to wait for a week.
His decision to become a director was a smart move (=sensible thing to do).
trying to seem clever in a disrespectful way:
Don't get smart with me, young man.
He made some smart remark.
a smart person is wearing neat attractive clothes and has a generally tidy appearance [= sharp American English; ≠ scruffy]:
You're looking very smart.
smart clothes, buildings etc are clean, tidy, and attractive [= sharp American English]
a smart black suit
smart new offices
fashionable or used by fashionable people:
one of Bonn's smartest restaurants
smart machines, weapons, materials etc are controlled by computers and are designed to react in a suitable way depending on the situation [↪ smart bomb]:
used to say that a particular person or thing is likely to do something or be successful
a smart movement is done quickly, especially with force:
a smart blow on the head
She set off at a smart pace (=fairly fast).
a smartly dressed young man
He turned smartly and walked away.
—smartness noun [uncountable]