wise guy

noun \ ˈwīz-ˌgī \
Updated on: 1 Apr 2018

Definition of wise guy

2 usually wiseguy play \ˈwīz-ˌgī\ : mobster

Examples of wise guy in a Sentence

  1. Quit being a wise guy.

  2. No more wise-guy remarks, got it?

  3. a movie about two wiseguys

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First Known Use of wise guy

1896

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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WISE GUY Defined for English Language Learners

wise guy

Definition of wise guy for English Language Learners

  • : a person who says or does things that are funny but also annoying or somewhat rude

  • : someone who is part of a secret organized group of criminals



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