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

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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 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 Hey, Rivkin: Does the job description for deputy mayor require being a wiseass, or does hanging around with Rahm just turn you into one? Ben Joravsky, Chicago Reader, 30 Mar. 2018 Only the computer user, an animated wiseass in baggy jeans, delivers a passionate response. Jeff Howe, WIRED, 1 May 2004 See More

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First Known Use of wiseass

circa 1971, in the meaning defined above

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“Wiseass.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wiseass. Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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