bright spark

Definition of bright spark

British, informal + disapproving
:a person who says or does something that seems intelligent but is really not
  • Who's the bright spark who came up with this rotten idea?

Word by Word Definitions

bright play
  1. : radiating or reflecting light : shining, sparkling

  2. : sunny

  3. : illustrious, glorious

  1. : a color of high saturation : a bright (see 1bright 4) color

spark play
  1. : a small particle of a burning substance thrown out by a body in combustion or remaining when combustion is nearly completed

  2. : a hot glowing particle struck from a larger mass

  3. : a luminous disruptive electrical discharge of very short duration between two conductors separated by a gas (such as air)

  1. : to throw out sparks

  2. : to flash or fall like sparks

  3. : to produce sparks

  1. : a foppish young man

  2. : lover, beau

  1. : woo, court


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