smart Definition

  • 1having or showing quick-witted intelligence
  • 2neat and well-groomed in appearance
  • 3quick, brisk, or lively in manner

Using smart: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "smart" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    She's a smart girl and always gets good grades.

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    He gave a smart answer to the question.

  • Example

    She wore a smart suit to the interview.

  • Example

    The company made a smart decision to invest in new technology.

smart Synonyms and Antonyms

Phrases with smart

  • smart aleck

    a person who is irritating because they behave as if they know everything


    Don't be such a smart aleck!

  • smart casual

    a style of dress that is less formal than traditional business wear, but still neat, stylish, and professional


    The dress code for the party is smart casual.

  • money that is invested wisely and has a good chance of making a profit


    The smart money is on the new startup to succeed.

Origins of smart

from Old English 'smeart', meaning 'painful, severe'


Summary: smart in Brief

The term 'smart' [smɑːt] describes someone or something that is quick-witted, stylish, or lively. It can refer to intelligence, appearance, or behavior, as in 'She's a smart girl and always gets good grades.' 'Smart' also appears in phrases like 'smart aleck,' referring to an irritating know-it-all, and 'smart casual,' describing a style of dress that is neat and professional yet less formal than traditional business wear.

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