wise·​crack | \ˈwīz-ˌkrak \

Definition of wisecrack 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: a clever or sarcastic remark


wisecracked; wisecracking; wisecracks

Definition of wisecrack (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to make a wisecrack

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Other Words from wisecrack


wisecracker noun

Synonyms for wisecrack

Synonyms: Noun

boff (or boffo), boffola, crack, drollery, funny, gag, giggle [chiefly British], jape, jest, joke, josh, laugh, nifty, one-liner, pleasantry, quip, rib, sally, waggery, witticism, yuk (or yuck) [slang]

Synonyms: Verb

banter, chaff, fool, fun, gag, jape, jest, jive, joke, jolly, josh, kid, quip, yuk (or yuck) [slang]

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Examples of wisecrack in a Sentence


Someone in the theater was making wisecracks during the entire movie. a whispered wisecrack doubled them over in laughter


wisecracked to hide his nervousness during the auditions
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Wolf's wisecracks drew praise from fellow comics Kathy Griffin and Amy Schumer on social media. Erin Jensen, USA TODAY, "Michelle Wolf's White House Correspondents' Dinner remarks condemned by WHCA president," 30 Apr. 2018 Secondly his father was a good-looking guy who played a hero who always had a wisecrack and always knew the right thing to do. John D'anna, azcentral, "'Hogan's Heroes' star Bob Crane was murdered 40 years ago. Why does it still fascinate us?," 29 June 2018 Junior quit baseball as a teenager, in part because the wisecracks grew to be too much. SI.com, "Exiled by the Cubs, Sammy Sosa Is Enjoying the Life He Wants You to See," 27 June 2018 When all is said and done, that wisecrack may be the best thing to come out of this boondoggle. Ben Joravsky, Chicago Reader, "Politics / Transportation Another whopper from Rahm: express service to O'Hare that won’t cost the public," 18 June 2018 Those visual wisecracks, rendered with immense skill, can bring about walloping double takes. Mark Rozzo, Vanities, "Ed Ruscha Still Has Plenty More to Say About America," 30 May 2018 The rest of the day is a montage of iridescent water and Tintoretto sky, wisecracks and tattoos and lionfish. Ben Lowy, Smithsonian, "The Lionfish Have Invaded, But a Ragtag Army of Divers and Chefs Are Fighting Back," 23 May 2018 That also put the Bruins in a 9-3 lead on the personal foul calls, prompting some wisecracks from the West Brook fans aimed at the referees. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "West Brook escapes Deer Park with 50-46 win," 13 Feb. 2018 Caramella, caked in black and white grease paint and fake sideburns, wisecracks with his Igor sidekick. Samantha Swindler, OregonLive.com, "Larry Caramella's voice helped launch three Portland TV stations (Commentary)," 30 Jan. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Her creators had even engineered her to talk like a wisecracking teenage girl. Jonathan Vanian, Fortune, "Unmasking A.I.'s Bias Problem," 25 June 2018 Tadlock's wisecracking aside, the Red Raiders aren't built for small ball. Nick Moyle, San Antonio Express-News, "Texas Tech seeks a breakthrough at College World Series," 17 June 2018 Shows about cannibals masquerading as charismatic psychiatrists, about wisecracking zombie hunters, about ferocious Anglo-Irish gangsters who conceal razorblades in the peaks of their caps. Joe Queenan, WSJ, "A TV Watcher’s Bid to Keep Up With the Bingers," 14 June 2018 At a tour stop in Brooklyn in May, bandmates Rachel Flotard and Shelly Short formed a powerhouse frontline with Case at the club Littlefield, delivering new songs like a trio of wisecracking Valkyries. Will Hermes, Longreads, "‘I Love What Human Voices Do Together’: An Interview with Neko Case," 9 June 2018 The Retrievers congratulated Bennett on his win on Twitter, responding to a wisecracking tweet about the historic upset. Dan Gartland, SI.com, "Virginia’s Tony Bennett Named AP Coach of the Year," 29 Mar. 2018 Reports of the banter, wisecracking and wits frequently appeared in gossip columns. Anna Diamond, Smithsonian, "Writing in the Public Eye, These Women Brought the 20th Century Into Focus," 4 Apr. 2018 On screen was Abla Fahita, a popular satirical character based on a wisecracking widow with a salty sense of humor. Declan Walsh, New York Times, "Cairo’s Lawsuit King Sues Actors, Belly Dancers, Even Puppet Shows," 12 Jan. 2018 The blunt-spoken, wisecracking Navy officer has years of experience in the region and already holds a security clearance. Anne Gearan, Washington Post, "Trump taps decorated admiral to be U.S. ambassador to Australia," 9 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of wisecrack


1924, in the meaning defined above


1924, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of wisecrack was in 1924

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English Language Learners Definition of wisecrack

: a funny and smart comment or joke


wise·​crack | \ˈwīz-ˌkrak \

Kids Definition of wisecrack

: a clever and often insulting statement usually made in joking

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