smart aleck

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

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Origin and Etymology of smart aleck

Aleck, nickname for Alexander

smart aleck Synonyms



SMART ALECK Defined for Kids

smart aleck

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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