- 1[intransitive] smart (from something) to feel a sharp stinging pain in a part of your body His eyes were smarting from the smoke. The wound was beginning to smart a little. I rubbed my smarting eyes.
- 2[intransitive] smart (from/over something) to feel upset about a criticism, failure, etc. They are still smarting from the 4–0 defeat last week. He is still smarting over his humiliation in the election.
NAmE//smɑrt//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they smart
he / she / it smarts
past simple smarted
-ing form smarting