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smart aleck

noun smart al·eck \ˈsmärt-ˌa-lik, -ˌe-\

Definition of smart aleck

  1. :  an obnoxiously conceited and self-assertive person with pretensions to smartness or cleverness

smart–aleck adjective
smart–al·ecky play \-ˌa-lə-kē, -ˌe-\ adjective


Examples of smart aleck

  1. <some smart aleck in the audience kept shouting clever insults at the nervous speaker>



Variants of smart aleck

also smart al·ec play \ˈsmärt-ˌa-lik, -ˌe-\

Origin of smart aleck

Aleck, nickname for Alexander


First Known Use: 1865

Rhymes with smart aleck


SMART ALECK Defined for Kids

smart aleck

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noun smart al·eck \ˈsmärt-ˌa-lik\

Definition of smart aleck

  1. :  a person who likes to show off in a clever but rude or annoying way




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