Language: Old English
Origin: smeart


1 adjective
Related topics: Computers
smart1 S3 W2 comparative smarter, superlative smartest


especially American English intelligent or sensible [= clever; ≠ stupid]:
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.


British English
a) a smart person is wearing neat attractive clothes and has a generally tidy appearance [= sharp American English; ≠ scruffy]:
You're looking very smart.
b) smart clothes, buildings etc are clean, tidy, and attractive [= sharp American English]
a smart black suit
smart new offices


British English 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]:
smart weapons

the smart money is on somebody/something

used to say that a particular person or thing is likely to do something or be successful


British English a smart movement is done quickly, especially with force:
a smart blow on the head
She set off at a smart pace (=fairly fast).
smartly adverb:
a smartly dressed young man
He turned smartly and walked away.
smartness noun [uncountable]

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