wise guy


usually wiseguy : mobster

Examples of wise guy in a Sentence

Quit being a wise guy. No more wise-guy remarks, got it? a movie about two wiseguys
Recent Examples on the Web Yet Trump, the unwise wise guy, will eventually face less kindly examiners. David Remnick, The New Yorker, 22 Aug. 2023 The series quickly began to suggest that there was little difference between killing on screen and killing in real life, that show business could be as cruel and capricious as organized crime, and that wiseguys could be as ridiculous and fame-obsessed as any actor or talent agent. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 11 Apr. 2023 Wayne is a wise guy who has no use for therapy. Wayne and Wanda, Anchorage Daily News, 2 Apr. 2023 Oh, a wise guy, eh? Matt Cooperlistings Coordinator, Los Angeles Times, 7 Apr. 2022 My father was not a wise guy or a tough guy. Eric Shawn, Fox News, 18 Nov. 2021 Who’s the wise guy who told me that the U.S.A. already has a fifty-first state (Staten Island)? Alex Watt, The New Yorker, 30 July 2022 But for once, the Vikings defense came through for 60 minutes – although a wise guy might say 59 minutes and 59 seconds – and that unit is going to have to build off of the performance the next two weeks. Steve Silverman, Forbes, 21 Dec. 2021 This wise guy action has helped push the point spread to four after initially going up on the board with Washington laying a field goal. Alex Kay, Forbes, 16 Sep. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1896, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of wise guy was in 1896

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“Wise guy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wise%20guy. Accessed 25 Sep. 2023.

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