smart-mouthed

adjective

ˈsmärt-ˌmau̇tht How to pronounce smart-mouthed (audio)
-ˌmau̇t͟hd
: annoyingly cocky or sarcastic in speech

Examples of smart-mouthed in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Eventually, the group’s number is reduced to one: a gangly, smart-mouthed junior named Angus Tully, played by newcomer Dominic Sessa in an exceptionally impressive debut. Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, 1 Nov. 2023 As for Jackson: anyone who remembers his breakout role as the smart-mouthed Pacey Witter on the ‘90s teen drama Dawson’s Creek will immediately recognize why this was the right casting choice. Rachel Brodsky, Rolling Stone, 29 Apr. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1976, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of smart-mouthed was in 1976

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“Smart-mouthed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/smart-mouthed. Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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