wise guy

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

Definition of wise guy

2 usually wiseguy \ ˈwīz-​ˌgī How to pronounce wiseguy (audio) \ : mobster

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Quit being a wise guy. No more wise-guy remarks, got it? a movie about two wiseguys
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Recent Examples on the Web 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, "Schmuck: With AFC North unsettled, Ravens suddenly look like strong favorite to defend title," 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, "Why a mafia wife’s story unearthed in ‘Mob Queens’ podcast is part of queer history too," 16 Sep. 2019 Eight teams have a better record, and the wise guys in Vegas have the Sox 20-to-1 to win the World Series again. Peter Abraham, BostonGlobe.com, "This season hasn’t been easy for Alex Cora, but he’s not about to panic," 9 July 2019 When word reached Hartford, every wise guy between Springfield and New Haven wanted a piece of the action. Edmund H. Mahony, courant.com, "Manchester’s John ‘Fast Jack’ Farrell, the notorious card and dice hustler, dies," 1 Aug. 2019 The good is that a robot mayor of Chicago would possess high intelligence and wouldn’t care about flattering wise guys, hedge fund bosses and public unions. John Kass, chicagotribune.com, "A robot mayor for Chicago? It’s logical.," 20 Apr. 2018 How much of an NBA playoff longshot are the Miami Heat according to the wise guys? Ira Winderman, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Heat enter NBA playoffs as betting longshot vs. 76ers," 13 Apr. 2018 Author-columnist Jimmy Breslin, the legendary street-smart chronicler of wise guys and underdogs, died at his Manhattan home at age 87. BostonGlobe.com, "This day in history," 19 Mar. 2018 But there are reports Democrats are considering ditching her in the fall, wise idea, wise guy? Fox News, "Illegal charged in Kate Steinle's death files complaint," 16 Mar. 2018

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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 3 Jun. 2020.

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wise guy

noun
How to pronounce wise guy (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of wise guy

informal
chiefly US : a person who says or does things that are funny but also annoying or somewhat rude
US : someone who is part of a secret organized group of criminals

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