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

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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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun When readers reach that wisecrack, there are 500 more pages of this sort of thing still to come. Steve Donoghue, The Christian Science Monitor, 14 Apr. 2021 Ornstein did not slip up on a matter tangential to his work — say an off-color wisecrack or politically incorrect opinion. Nate Fischer, National Review, 11 Nov. 2020 There were some memorable wisecracks—notably from Gervais’s fellow Brits. Michael Schulman, The New Yorker, 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, 15 Jan. 2020 The wisecracks among Bears players have been plentiful since the video spread across the internet. Dan Wiederer, chicagotribune.com, 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, 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, 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, 13 Feb. 2020 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, 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 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, 31 Oct. 2019

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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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“Wisecrack.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wisecrack. Accessed 31 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of wisecrack

informal : a funny and smart comment or joke


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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