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Definition of smarty-pants

: smart aleck, know-it-all "If you give people the impression you're a smarty-pants, that's no good for sure."— Al Gore Choosing books for picky friends can be humbling. There's always one smarty-pants who has read not only the gift book but everything else in the author's oeuvre.— Marilyn Stasio Even the smartest of smarty-pants couldn't have answered all four of those "gotcha" foreign-policy questions.— Jonathan Alter

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smarty-pants adjective
… a veneer of smarty-pants condescension. — Ron Powers Every musical genre has its smarty-pants jokesters, and alternative rock is no exception. Entertainment Weekly

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1932, in the meaning defined above

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“Smarty-pants.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of smarty-pants

informal + disapproving : a person who talks and behaves like someone who knows everything

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