- 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. see also smarts Word Origin Old English smeortan (verb), of West Germanic origin; related to German schmerzen; the adjective is related to the verb, the original sense (late Old English) being ‘causing sharp pain’; from this arose ‘keen, brisk’, which led to the current senses of ‘mentally sharp’ and ‘neat in a brisk, sharp style’.
BrE BrE//smɑːt//; NAmE NAmE//smɑːrt//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they smart
BrE BrE//smɑːt//; NAmE NAmE//smɑːrt//he / she / it smarts
BrE BrE//smɑːts//; NAmE NAmE//smɑːrts//past simple smarted
BrE BrE//ˈsmɑːtɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈsmɑːrtɪd//past participle smarted
BrE BrE//ˈsmɑːtɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈsmɑːrtɪd//-ing form smarting
BrE BrE//ˈsmɑːtɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈsmɑːrtɪŋ//