smarty-pants

noun
\ ˈsmär-tē-ˌpan(t)s How to pronounce smarty-pants (audio) \
plural smarty-pants

Definition of smarty-pants

informal
: 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

First Known Use of smarty-pants

1932, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of smarty-pants was in 1932

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smarty-pants

noun

English Language Learners Definition of smarty-pants

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

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