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

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

Other Words from wisecrack


wisecracker noun

Synonyms for wisecrack

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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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
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But like a true comedienne, Tiffani still found a way to throw a slight wisecrack into the mix as well. Adrianna Freedman, Good Housekeeping, 13 Aug. 2022 To understand the truth in this wisecrack, just review the list of sponsors and speakers at the National Primary Care Transformation Summit. Kip Sullivan, STAT, 28 July 2022 A year later, Chris was attending Marist College, in Poughkeepsie, when some football players made a wisecrack about his name. Tom Robbins, The New Yorker, 23 July 2022 For anyone in an isolation chamber since the March 27 Oscar show: Rock was presenting the award for documentary and included a wisecrack about Pinkett Smith’s hair. Tim Gray, Variety, 20 May 2022 Knowing a body in space, the parabolas of certain gestures, the side angles of expressions, the timbre of a wisecrack, the mood of a certain strut lend an illusion of kinship. Charles Mcnultytheater Critic, Los Angeles Times, 2 May 2022 Richards, a red-state Democrat with a folksy manner and a ready wisecrack, seemed made for television, as anyone familiar with her political speeches or occasional sit-downs with talk-show host Larry King can attest. Los Angeles Times, 23 Mar. 2022 The topic of injury provides the set-up for this wisecrack in most instances. Matt Fitzgerald, Outside Online, 15 Feb. 2021 Hours earlier, in a classroom, A.C. had made a wisecrack about a female student’s hair, and the two had gotten into a shoving match, witnesses told homicide detectives. Washington Post, 29 Dec. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Proving his spirits were high enough to wisecrack, Colbert took a moment to joke that his positive test was really an excuse to keep away from Jason Bateman, who had been set to appear on the show that night alongside his Ozark costar, Laura Linney. Hattie Lindert, PEOPLE.com, 9 May 2022 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, 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, 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, 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, 12 Mar. 2020 Cole, 89, who debuted his glitzy, wisecracking female persona Darcelle five decades ago, has been through crushing times before. oregonlive, 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, 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, 30 Jan. 2020 See More

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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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“Wisecrack.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wisecrack. Accessed 3 Oct. 2022.

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More Definitions for wisecrack


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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