He should be the leader of the town, as she felt his beauty and his smartness entitled him to be.
Some fellows used to say there was no one like you for smartness—but you never took me in.
It is wonderful what smartness that cider gives to a person.
Then Willie up and boasted of your smartness down at the railroad.
He's a rale clever feller as ever lived, and he ain't stuck-up by his smartness, and he likes to see everybody well used.
The alleged father stood there, chuckling over the smartness of his progeny.
But Justin's thoughts were not of her "smartness" but of her pathetic loveliness.
Ef it hadn't been for her smartness, whar y'd both be landed now?
“A very creditable performance,” telegraphed the Chief, who was well pleased with the smartness of Major Sanders and his men.
How did they get all their smartness to rise over the people around them?
Old English smeortan "be painful," from Proto-Germanic *smarta- (cf. Middle Dutch smerten, Dutch smarten, Old High German smerzan, German schmerzen "to pain," originally "to bite"), from PIE *smerd- "pain," an extension of the root *mer- (2) "to rub; to harm" (cf. Greek smerdnos "terrible, dreadful," Sanskrit mardayati "grinds, rubs, crushes," Latin mordere "to bite"). Related: Smarted; smarting.
late Old English smeart "painful, severe, stinging; causing a sharp pain," related to smeortan (see smart (v.)). Meaning "executed with force and vigor" is from c.1300. Meaning "quick, active, clever" is attested from c.1300, from the notion of "cutting" wit, words, etc., or else "keen in bargaining." Meaning "trim in attire" first attested 1718, "ascending from the kitchen to the drawing-room c.1880" [Weekley]. For sense evolution, cf. sharp (adj.).
In reference to devices, the sense of "behaving as though guided by intelligence" (e.g. smart bomb) first attested 1972. Smarts "good sense, intelligence," is first recorded 1968. Smart cookie is from 1948.
"sharp pain," c.1200, from sharp (adj.). Cf. cognate Middle Dutch smerte, Dutch smart, Old High German smerzo, German Schmerz "pain."
The quality of something ''smarmy'': How to write pet stories, then, while skirting the swamps of smarm? (1937+)