The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Smart \Smart\, a. [Compar. Smarter; superl. Smartest.] [OE.
smerte. See Smart, v. i.]
1. Causing a smart; pungent; pricking; as, a smart stroke or
How smart lash that speech doth give my conscience.
2. Keen; severe; poignant; as, smart pain.
3. Vigorous; sharp; severe. "Smart skirmishes, in which many
4. Accomplishing, or able to accomplish, results quickly;
active; sharp; clever. [Colloq.]
5. Efficient; vigorous; brilliant. "The stars shine smarter."
6. Marked by acuteness or shrewdness; quick in suggestion or
reply; vivacious; witty; as, a smart reply; a smart
Who, for the poor renown of being smart
Would leave a sting within a brother's heart?
A sentence or two, . . . which I thought very smart.
7. Pretentious; showy; spruce; as, a smart gown.
8. Brisk; fresh; as, a smart breeze.
(a) Money paid by a person to buy himself off from some
unpleasant engagement or some painful situation.
(b) (Mil.) Money allowed to soldiers or sailors, in the
English service, for wounds and injures received;
also, a sum paid by a recruit, previous to being sworn
in, to procure his release from service.
(c) (Law) Vindictive or exemplary damages; damages beyond
a full compensation for the actual injury done.
Smart ticket, a certificate given to wounded seamen,
entitling them to smart money. [Eng.] --Brande & C.
Syn: Pungent; poignant; sharp; tart; acute; quick; lively;
brisk; witty; clever; keen; dashy; showy.
Usage: Smart, Clever. Smart has been much used in New
England to describe a person who is intelligent,
vigorous, and active; as, a smart young fellow; a
smart workman, etc., conciding very nearly with the
English sense of clever. The nearest approach to this
in England is in such expressions as, he was smart
(pungent or witty) in his reply, etc.; but smart and
smartness, when applied to persons, more commonly
refer to dress; as, a smart appearance; a smart gown,