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[smahr-tee] /ˈsmɑr ti/
noun, plural smarties.
Origin of smarty
1860-65, Americanism; smart + -y2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • I can't read his pieces myself because he rasps me, being not only a smarty but a vegetarian.

    Somewhere in Red Gap Harry Leon Wilson
  • I was a smarty kid, And they were less frequent then than later.

  • He is quaintly conscious of his mirth-provoking powers, much as a child playing “smarty.”

    True Bear Stories Joaquin Miller
  • I'll lay for you, my smarty; and if I catch you about that school I'll tan you good.

    Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Complete Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • Ole Brer Wolf, he tuck'n year 'bout de muster, un he sech a smarty dat nothin' aint gwine do but he mus' go un see w'at dey doin'.

    Nights With Uncle Remus Joel Chandler Harris
  • So all she got for her smarty business was just a handful of hair or two.

    Swatty Ellis Parker Butler
  • "No, we've got straw pie for you, Mr. smarty," called out Alice Strobell.

  • Well, smarty, what is there to be done, asked Garry a trifle hotly.

British Dictionary definitions for smarty


(informal) a would-be clever person
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for smarty

"would-be witty or clever person," 1854, from smart (n.) + -y (3). Extended form smarty-pants first attested 1939.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for smarty



An annoyingly impudent, assertive, and critical person; smart-ass: keeps getting beaten up because he's a smartmouth at school (1968+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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