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wisenheimer

noun wi·sen·hei·mer \ˈwī-zən-ˌhī-mər\

Definition of wisenheimer



Examples of wisenheimer in a sentence

  1. <it seems like every time we go to the movies, sitting behind us is some wisenheimer making snide cracks>



Did You Know?

We wouldn't joke around about the origin of this witty word. In the early 20th century, someone had the smart idea to combine the adjective wise (one sense of which means "insolent, smart-alecky, or fresh") with -enheimer, playing on the pattern of family names such as Oppenheimer and Guggenheimer. Of course, wisenheimer isn't the only wise- word for someone who jokes around. There's also wiseacre, wisecracker, wise guy, and wisehead. All of these jokesters are fond of making wisecracks.

Variants of wisenheimer

also weisenheimer \ˈwī-zən-ˌhī-mər\

Origin of wisenheimer

2wise + -enheimer (as in family names such as Guggenheimer, Oppenheimer)


First Known Use: 1904

Rhymes with wisenheimer


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