smart-aleckism

noun
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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/smart-aleckism. Accessed 6 Jun. 2020.

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