Words at Play : Seen & Heard: Nine Conflicts and One Compliment

#5: Smart Aleck

Definition:

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

Seen & Heard:

"Someone called me a wiseacre and looking up the definition lead me to 'smart aleck.' Now I'm disappointed because I thought it meant they thought I was intelligent." – Robert Martin

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