smart aleck

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

smart alec

Definition of smart aleck

  1. :  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


First Known Use: 1865


SMART ALECK Defined for Kids

smart aleck

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noun smart al·eck \ˈsmärt-ˌa-lik\

Definition of smart aleck for Students

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



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