"smart" = "considerable (in number, amount, extent, etc.)"

James C Stalker stalker at MSU.EDU
Mon Jan 31 02:48:44 UTC 2005

My mother (b 1919, Hart Cty, KY) used "smart" in this sense, but, as I
recall, usually in the phrase "right smart" to mean something like a goodly
amount, more than you might expect.  She would use it in phrases such as,
"you have to put a right smart of x in y."

Jim Stalker
stalker at msu.edu

James C. Stalker
Department of English
Michigan State University

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