wise guy

\ ˈwīz-ˌgī How to pronounce wise guy (audio) \

Definition of wise guy

2 usually wiseguy \ ˈwīz-​ˌgī How to pronounce wise guy (audio) \ : 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 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 One of our all-time favorites, John Hughes’ 1986 comedy classic stars Matthew Broderick as a high school wise guy determined to have a day off from school, despite what the principal thinks of that. Ben Flanagan | Bflanagan@al.com, al, 1 Aug. 2021 Now, this is the point when some wise guy jumps in and suggests that if there are so many silver linings to losing, then the Spurs should just try to lose every night to maximize their draft chances. Mike Finger, San Antonio Express-News, 1 May 2021 And he's already found his first case: finding the wise guy who may have planted the bomb that was meant for Stabler but killed Kathy, instead. Lynette Rice, EW.com, 2 Apr. 2021 Now the wise guys in Las Vegas have them as the third-most-likely team to win the AFC championship and list only six teams ahead of them on the road to the Super Bowl. Peter Schmuck, baltimoresun.com, 18 Sep. 2019 Inside were trigger-happy wise guys, a heretofore unexcavated piece of gay history and a lady who took charge of her own destiny while living in a world run by violent, retribution-crazed men. Margy Rochlin, Los Angeles Times, 16 Sep. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of wise guy

1896, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Wise guy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wise%20guy. Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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