wisecrack

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noun

wise·​crack ˈwīz-ˌkrak How to pronounce wisecrack (audio)
: a clever or sarcastic remark

wisecrack

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verb

wisecracked; wisecracking; wisecracks

intransitive verb

: to make a wisecrack
wisecracker noun

Examples of wisecrack in a Sentence

Noun Someone in the theater was making wisecracks during the entire movie. a whispered wisecrack doubled them over in laughter Verb wisecracked to hide his nervousness during the auditions
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Chock-full of laugh-out-loud quips and wisecracks, Susan Sarandon, Christine Baranski and Cheryl Hines also join in on the fun in the boisterous 2017 sequel. Lydia Price, Peoplemag, 14 Dec. 2023 Cameron was like Steve Martin, making very subtle wisecracks. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Dec. 2023 Some of them, like me, were journalists who had dutifully showed up to watch Tiffany Haddish trade wisecracks with digital ectoplasm. Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times, 22 Nov. 2023 While many of us who grew up laughing at Chandler Bing’s wisecracks in our living rooms are feeling only the vicarious loss, some of Perry’s friends and coworkers are taking to social media to commemorate Perry’s life. Emma Specter, Vogue, 15 Nov. 2023 The pair discuss land and private property, waxing philosophical and tossing in the occasional wisecrack. Teresa Nowakowski, Smithsonian Magazine, 20 Sep. 2023 While infusing warmth into break-the-fourth-wall moments — we’re treated as the audience at the play-within-the play — the cast aces the show’s comedy, including slapstick and wisecracks about showbiz. Celia Wren, Washington Post, 25 Sep. 2023 The actress went on to judge season 18 of America's Got Talent alongside fellow judges Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum and Simon Cowell, even weathering Mandel's wisecracks about her love life with good humor. Brianne Tracy, Peoplemag, 19 Sep. 2023 Chris Christie: Trump should be nervous Plan: Some memorable Jersey-style wisecracks during the debate about Trump's failings that resonate for months. David Jackson, USA TODAY, 21 Aug. 2023
Verb
Missing was any indication of how the wisecracking AI bot fits into the broader Musk portfolio of Tesla autonomous driving technology, humanoid Optimus robots, and Neuralink human-machine brain interfaces, raising questions about the seriousness, and significance, of xAI. David Meyer, Fortune, 20 Nov. 2023 As the wisecracking Chandler, Perry brought his signature sarcasm to a playful group of actors that quickly became one of TV’s most iconic ensemble casts. Nardine Saad, Los Angeles Times, 14 Nov. 2023 As the wisecracking Chandler Bing, Perry brought his signature sarcasm to a playful group that quickly became one of TV’s most iconic ensemble casts. Alexandra Del Rosario, Los Angeles Times, 30 Oct. 2023 At Andrés’s other restaurants, including the other Bazaars, his chatty, wisecracking voice is all over the menu. Helen Rosner, The New Yorker, 22 Oct. 2023 With wisecracking Rocket out of commission, the others get to step up their banter as the action zooms from one imaginative new environment to the next. Peter Debruge, Variety, 28 Apr. 2023 Its success highlights something sort of unbelievable: A concept centered on wisecracking ninja reptiles has been viable for nearly 40 years. David Sims, The Atlantic, 7 Sep. 2023 Laurie was based on Gloria, who was very funny and wisecracking and didn’t take s— from anybody. Jennifer E. Mabry, Los Angeles Times, 9 Aug. 2023 Ferrari has a tiny wisecracking mother named Adalgisa delightfully played by Daniela Piperno. Stephen Rodrick, Variety, 23 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

Noun

1924, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1924, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of wisecrack was in 1924

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Cite this Entry

“Wisecrack.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wisecrack. Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

wisecrack

noun
wise·​crack
ˈwīz-ˌkrak
: a clever, smart, or joking remark
wisecrack verb
wisecracker noun

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