smart aleck


smart al·eck

noun \ˈsmärt-ˌa-lik, -ˌe-\

Definition of SMART ALECK

:  an obnoxiously conceited and self-assertive person with pretensions to smartness or cleverness
smart–aleck adjective
smart–al·ecky \-ˌa-lə-kē, -ˌe-\ adjective

Variants of SMART ALECK

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

Examples of SMART ALECK

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

Origin of SMART ALECK

Aleck, nickname for Alexander
First Known Use: 1865

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