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

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wiseass adjective

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fine, you're right, but there was no reason to be such a wiseass while pointing out the error
Recent Examples on the Web 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, "Marisa Tomei Knows What’s She’s Worth," 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, "Authors ably carry on legacies of late crime-fiction writers Tony Hillerman, Robert B. Parker," 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, "Can Captain Kirk deliver Amazon to Chicago? Please, no," 30 Mar. 2018 Only the computer user, an animated wiseass in baggy jeans, delivers a passionate response. Jeff Howe, WIRED, "File-Sharing Is, Like, Totally Uncool," 1 May 2004

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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 30 Mar. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of wiseass

US, informal + impolite : a person who says things that are funny but also rude or offensive

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