wisecrack

noun
wise·​crack | \ ˈwīz-ˌkrak How to pronounce wisecrack (audio) \

Definition of wisecrack

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a clever or sarcastic remark

wisecrack

verb
wisecracked; wisecracking; wisecracks

Definition of wisecrack (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to make a wisecrack

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Verb

wisecracker noun

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Synonyms: Noun

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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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun There were some memorable wisecracks—notably from Gervais’s fellow Brits. Michael Schulman, The New Yorker, "The 2020 Golden Globes Recap: Michelle Williams for President," 6 Jan. 2020 There are also wisecracks about having to do their police work in Burnett’s family cruiser rather than the too-conspicuous-for-a-cop-even-in-Miami-Porsche that Lowrey drives. Weldon B. Johnson, azcentral, "Will Smith and Martin Lawrence are back for thirds in violent, funny 'Bad Boys for Life'," 15 Jan. 2020 The wisecracks among Bears players have been plentiful since the video spread across the internet. Dan Wiederer, chicagotribune.com, "Tarik Cohen was apologetic for his social media blunder that exposed a naked Kyle Long. Said Long: ‘I thought my butt looked good.’," 25 Sep. 2019 Tom Hanks sheds a tear and moves viewers to tears Hanks, accepting the Cecil B. DeMille Award, treated the audience to a heartfelt speech that smoothly veered from wisecracks to tender appreciation of his family and friends. Daniel Arkin, NBC News, "Golden Globes 2020: The top moments from the ceremony," 6 Jan. 2020 Thomas Lennon took the thankless job of delivering goofy wisecracks as winners approached the stage and also at interstitial moments. Troy Patterson, The New Yorker, "The Joyous, Fragmented, and Slightly Anxious 2019 Emmy Awards," 23 Sep. 2019 For reporters, the wisecrack was a rare glimpse of Doncic’s sense of humor -- the playful side that his family, friends and teammates routinely see. Dallas News, "NBA All-Star starter Luka Doncic has a lot of firsts waiting for him in Chicago," 13 Feb. 2020 His wisecrack about math is evidence of something else. Joseph Goodman | Jgoodman@al.com, al, "Math-shaming Nick Saban is always adding more," 9 Feb. 2020 The 77th annual Golden Globe Awards show, coming up Sunday, Jan. 5 on NBC, is obviously courting buzz by bringing Ricky Gervais, known for his sometimes-funny, sometimes-feeble wisecracks about stars, back to host for a fifth time. oregonlive, "Golden Globes 2020: Broadcast TV’s shutout spotlights the divide between viewer habits and awards buzz," 31 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The streaming service announced Wednesday that everyone's favorite felt frog, wisecracking bear, and karate-chopping pig are getting their own limited streaming series Muppets Now, launching July 31. Devan Coggan, EW.com, "Disney+ will get Muppetational with new Muppets Now series in July," 20 May 2020 Edd Byrnes, who gained fleeting fame as Kookie, the ultra-hip, wisecracking parking attendant on the jazzy 1950s-'60s ABC detective series 77 Sunset Strip, has died. Duane Byrge, Billboard, "Edd Byrnes, Vince Fontaine in 'Grease,' Dies at 87," 9 Jan. 2020 Edd Byrnes, who gained fleeting fame as Kookie, the ultra-hip, wisecracking parking attendant on the jazzy 1950s-'60s ABC detective series 77 Sunset Strip, has died. Mike Barnes, The Hollywood Reporter, "Edd Byrnes, Kookie on '77 Sunset Strip,' Dies at 87," 9 Jan. 2020 The two were wisecracking about rules the NBA imposed earlier this week to restrict reporter and fan access to players in order to mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus. Nick Talbot, ExpressNews.com, "Talbot: Spurs, NBA right to take serious action on coronavirus," 12 Mar. 2020 Cole, 89, who debuted his glitzy, wisecracking female persona Darcelle five decades ago, has been through crushing times before. oregonlive, "Can Darcelle, the world’s oldest drag queen, still be fabulous while sequestered during a pandemic? Oh, darling, yes," 30 Mar. 2020 Nick Cordileone and Ben Lipitz, who have long experience playing Timon the wisecracking meerkat and Puumba the jovial (but flatulent) warthog, infuse their performances with joy and energy. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'The Lion King' brings pride, spectacle and strong characters to Marcus Center," 7 Feb. 2020 The fast-talking, wisecracking lawyer-pol has been replaced by an old man who can’t stop talking about the past. Time, "‘You’ve Got to Have Purpose.’ Joe Biden's 2020 Campaign Is the Latest Test in a Lifetime of Loss," 30 Jan. 2020 In the show’s premise, his character builds robot sidekicks to keep from going insane, and the television viewer sees the the cast in silhouette wisecracking in front of a projection screen. Rod Stafford Hagwood, sun-sentinel.com, "November events, from comedy and food festivals to Colombia-Peru soccer and alligator wrestling," 31 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of wisecrack

Noun

1924, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1924, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of wisecrack was in 1924

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“Wisecrack.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wisecrack. Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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More Definitions for wisecrack

wisecrack

noun
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English Language Learners Definition of wisecrack

informal : a funny and smart comment or joke

wisecrack

noun
wise·​crack | \ ˈwīz-ˌkrak How to pronounce wisecrack (audio) \

Kids Definition of wisecrack

: a clever and often insulting statement usually made in joking

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