smart aleck

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noun smart al·eck \ ˈsmärt-ˌa-lik , -ˌe- \
variants: or less commonly smart alec

Definition of smart aleck

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

smart-aleck

adjective

smart-alecky

play \ˈsmärt-ˌa-lə-kē, -ˌe-\ adjective

Examples of smart aleck in a Sentence

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

Origin and Etymology of smart aleck

Aleck, nickname for Alexander

smart aleck Synonyms



SMART ALECK Defined for Kids

smart aleck

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noun smart al·eck \ ˈsmärt-ˌa-lik \

Definition of smart aleck for Students

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


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