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Webster's Dictionary 1828 - Online Edition

Webster's Dictionary 1828

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Smart

SM'ART, noun [This word is probably formed on the root of Latin amarus, bitter, that is, sharp.]

1. Quick, pungent, lively pain; a pricking local pain, as the pain from puncture by nettles; as the smart of bodily punishment.

2. Severe pungent pain of mind; pungent grief; as the smart of affliction.

SM'ART, verb intransitive

1. To feel a lively pungent pain, particularly a pungent local pain from some piercing or irritating application. Thus Cayeene pepper applied to the tongue makes it smart

2. To feel a pungent pain of mind; to feel sharp pain; as, to smart under sufferings.

3. To be punished; to bear penalties or the evil consequences of any thing. He that is surety for a stranger shall smart for it. Proverbs 11:15.

SM'ART, adjective

1. Pungent; pricking; causing a keen local pain; as a smart lash or stroke; a smart quality or taste.

2. Keen; severe; poignant; as smart pain or sufferings.

3. Quick; vigorous; sharp; severe; as a smart skirmish.

4. Brisk; fresh; as a smart breeze.

5. Acute and pertinent; witty; as a smart reply; a smart saying.

6. Brisk; vivacious; as a smart rhetorician. Who, for the poor renown of being smart would leave a sting within a brother's heart?

SM'ART, noun A cant word for a fellow that affects briskness and vivacity.