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 Dottie’s talk was fluid and practiced, with many wisecracks. Mary Norris, The New Yorker, "My Friend Dorothea Benton Frank," 11 Sep. 2019 The tweet that inspired the email from Stephens was a wisecrack Karpf made after seeing a report that the New York Times office had a bedbug problem. Sarah Todd, Quartz at Work, "Is it ever okay to express your anger by emailing someone else’s boss?," 27 Aug. 2019 The first one, released to great commercial success in 2016, pulled off the dubious trick of turning these squawking projectiles into characters, each with its own wisecracks and neuroses. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: Exuberantly silly ‘Angry Birds Movie 2' flies higher than the first," 15 Aug. 2019 Alabama set itself up for a good wisecrack on Monday, and the coach of their chief rival dunked on them the next day. Joseph Goodman | Jgoodman@al.com, al, "Gus Malzahn, thanks for the laughs," 11 Sep. 2019 Nominated for five Emmy Awards including Best Drama, Succession (Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on HBO), artfully blends corporate melodrama with wicked wisecracks and Late Capitalism slapstick. Hugh Hart, Fortune, "An Inside Look at ‘Succession’s’ Corporate Melodrama With Adam McKay and Kieran Culkin," 8 Sep. 2019 The first one, released to great commercial success in 2016, pulled off the dubious trick of turning these squawking projectiles into characters, each with its own wisecracks and neuroses. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: Exuberantly silly ‘Angry Birds Movie 2' flies higher than the first," 15 Aug. 2019 Then, to a burst of pop music and cheesy wisecracks from the announcer, starters, timers and stroke-and-turn judges took their places, and the first row of swimmers took their marks. The Economist, "What the mighty Dolphins say about America," 1 Aug. 2019 But their language is often punctuated with wisecracks, insults and taunts more suited to the schoolyard. Washington Post, "British PM ruffles feathers with ‘chlorinated chicken’ taunt," 5 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Valerie Harper, the resilient sitcom star whose nine-season run in the 1970s as wisecracking straight-shooter Rhoda Morgenstern made her one of the most beloved TV actresses of her era, has died after a courageous battle with cancer. Mike Barnes, The Hollywood Reporter, "Valerie Harper, TV's Rhoda Morgenstern, Dies at 80," 30 Aug. 2019 Hollywood made films about wisecracking, heartbreaking truckers outsmarting policemen and other authority figures. The Economist, "China’s long-distance lorry drivers are unsung heroes of its economy," 12 Sep. 2019 Pundits were wisecracking about how bad the Lions had to be that a 31-year-old in the prime of his career would rather quit than play another down for them. Mitch Albom, Detroit Free Press, "Mitch Albom: Barry Sanders retirement a bombshell we should have saw coming," 21 July 2019 For four seasons, Wright drew laughs as Willie Tanner, the harried homeowner forced to deal with the kooky shenanigans of a wisecracking alien named ALF (an acronym for Alien Life Form) who crash-landed into his garage from the planet Melmac. Storm Gifford, chicagotribune.com, "Actor Max Wright, who played father on ‘Alf,’ dies at 75," 27 June 2019 About a week after a chance pairing in a junior golf tournament, Tony Soerries was surprised to hear from the wisecracking 16-year-old who kept him laughing that summer day. Mike Berardino, Indianapolis Star, "Former Ball State golfer reunites with boyhood friend for surprising US Senior Open berth," 25 June 2019 The franchise has always been aimed at horror fans who don’t take the genre too seriously; as its installments have worn on, Chucky’s wisecracking, glibly sociopathic persona has set the tone for the franchise. Aja Romano, Vox, "The new Child’s Play is nonsensical and fun. Just don’t expect it to be like the old Child’s Play.," 21 June 2019 Fortunately, former Thor: Ragnorak co-stars Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson prove themselves worthy successors to that dynamic duo, bringing their own brand of wisecracking buddy-cop chemistry to this standalone sequel. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Review: Men in Black: International is a solid addition to the popular franchise," 14 June 2019 James Haefele, a management consultant in Oxford, Conn., subjects suspected scam callers to a blast from his air horn or puts his wisecracking teenagers on the line. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "Everyone Loathes Robocalls. Some People Try to Get Even.," 20 Dec. 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

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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