smart aleck

noun
smart al·​eck | \ ˈsmärt-ˌa-lik How to pronounce smart aleck (audio) , -ˌe-\
variants: or less commonly smart alec

Definition of smart aleck

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

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Other Words from smart aleck

smart-aleck adjective
smart-alecky \ ˈsmärt-​ˌa-​lə-​kē How to pronounce smart-alecky (audio) , -​ˌe-​ \ adjective

Examples of smart aleck in a Sentence

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

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Jay Ryan is Ben Hanscom, James Ransone is hypochondriac Eddie Kaspbrak, and Bill Hader plays smart aleck Richie Tozier. Anthony Breznican, EW.com, "It: Chapter Two is taking Pennywise to San Diego Comic-Con," 5 June 2019 Late-night smart aleck Stephen Colbert is an executive producer of the 10-episode series. Chuck Barney, Detroit Free Press, "TV highlights for the week of Feb. 11-17," 10 Feb. 2018 Madigan is like a smart aleck sister, or a whip-smart, never-shy co-worker. Michael K. Mcintyre, cleveland.com, "Kathleen Madigan, performing here next week, says we're governed by people so old, they're 'a Florida bridge club'," 25 Jan. 2018 Here’s the staggering news about this Red Sox cheating story, as a million smart alecks have already pointed out: Hey, the Apple Watch can do something! Jason Gay, WSJ, "Liar, Liar, Red Sox on Fire?," 6 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of smart aleck

1865, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for smart aleck

Aleck, nickname for Alexander

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The first known use of smart aleck was in 1865

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smart aleck

noun
smart al·​eck | \ ˈsmärt-ˌa-lik How to pronounce smart aleck (audio) \

Kids Definition of smart aleck

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

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