wise·​ass ˈwīz-ˌas How to pronounce wiseass (audio)
wiseass adjective

Examples of wiseass in a Sentence

fine, you're right, but there was no reason to be such a wiseass while pointing out the error
Recent Examples on the Web Nick is the self-deprecating wiseass. Chris Vognar, Rolling Stone, 31 Mar. 2023 No one’s better at playing a low-key wiseass. BostonGlobe.com, 19 Aug. 2021 The fans loved his wiseass pantomime. New York Times, 6 Aug. 2021 Nolan is a wiseass in the best Reynolds tradition, so that only seemed natural. Toni Fitzgerald, Forbes, 11 Nov. 2021 His tone was gently mocking — pretty much just being a wiseass, nothing too major. Ramsey Ess, Vulture, 24 June 2021 But before either of us can make the requisite wiseass remark, Ms. Zhao’s door creaks open. Seija Rankin, EW.com, 10 Sep. 2020 For a generation of wiseass Brooklyn brunettes like myself, Tomei was a Hollywood anomaly, the rare breakthrough character actor who didn’t apologize for or abandon her New Yorkiness. Stella Bugbee, The Cut, 3 July 2018 Ace Atkins, who writes terrific books of his own, is the conduit for Parker’s long-running series starring Spenser — tough private eye, gourmand and professional wiseass. Adam Woog, The Seattle Times, 17 Apr. 2018 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1971, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of wiseass was circa 1971

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“Wiseass.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wiseass. Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

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