smart-al·​eck·​ism | \ -ˌkizəm \
variants: or smart-aleckry \ -​krē \
plural smart-aleckisms or smart-aleckries

Definition of smart-aleckism

: the speech or behavior of a smart aleck : smart-alecky quality or characteristics

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First Known Use of smart-aleckism

1886, in the meaning defined above

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“Smart-aleckism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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