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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Other Words from wisecrack


wisecracker noun

Synonyms for wisecrack

Synonyms: Noun

boff (or boffo), boffola, crack, drollery, funny, gag, giggle [chiefly British], jape, jest, joke, josh, laugh, nifty, one-liner, pleasantry, quip, rib, sally, waggery, witticism, yuk (or yuck) [slang]

Synonyms: Verb

banter, chaff, fool, fun, gag, jape, jest, jive, joke, jolly, josh, kid, quip, yuk (or yuck) [slang]

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Examples of wisecrack in a Sentence


Someone in the theater was making wisecracks during the entire movie. a whispered wisecrack doubled them over in laughter


wisecracked to hide his nervousness during the auditions
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Photo: iStock/Getty Images Republicans must resist the temptation simply to dismiss these radical Democratic ideas with wisecracks and insults. Karl Rove, WSJ, "Stopping the Socialist Resurgence," 28 Nov. 2018 Image Dan Ingram, a popular disc jockey whose wisecracks and double entendres rippled through the air at rock ’n’ roll stations in New York City from the early 1960s to the early 21st century, died on Sunday at his home in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Richard Sandomir, New York Times, "Dan Ingram, Irreverent Disc Jockey, Is Dead at 83," 25 June 2018 But there is still plenty of charm, twists, tortured love, biting wisecracks, and glorious candy-color outerwear. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "Does The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Still Sparkle in Season 2?," 5 Dec. 2018 For instance, my wisecrack about journalists who fail to obtain legally valid fishing licenses was explained in the next sentence. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, "When the Fever Passes, Learn From Trump’s Taxes," 12 Oct. 2018 Also, Roseanne’s wisecrack was just… factually wrong. Noel Murray, The Verge, "Why this Fresh Off the Boat episode is the best thing to watch after Crazy Rich Asians," 17 Aug. 2018 Wolf's wisecracks drew praise from fellow comics Kathy Griffin and Amy Schumer on social media. Erin Jensen, USA TODAY, "Michelle Wolf's White House Correspondents' Dinner remarks condemned by WHCA president," 30 Apr. 2018 Secondly his father was a good-looking guy who played a hero who always had a wisecrack and always knew the right thing to do. John D'anna, azcentral, "'Hogan's Heroes' star Bob Crane was murdered 40 years ago. Why does it still fascinate us?," 29 June 2018 Junior quit baseball as a teenager, in part because the wisecracks grew to be too much. SI.com, "Exiled by the Cubs, Sammy Sosa Is Enjoying the Life He Wants You to See," 27 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Some of us imagined him as eternally youthful, wisecracking, knowingly amused. James Freeman, WSJ, "Burt Reynolds and Washington’s ‘Senior’ Suspects," 7 Sep. 2018 Or that wisecracking Chrissy Teigen had postpartum depression after the birth of her daughter Luna. Sara Gaynes Levy, Vogue, "Why Gisele Bündchen’s Honest Conversation About Suicide Is So Important Now," 26 Sep. 2018 Her creators had even engineered her to talk like a wisecracking teenage girl. Jonathan Vanian, Fortune, "Unmasking A.I.'s Bias Problem," 25 June 2018 Tadlock's wisecracking aside, the Red Raiders aren't built for small ball. Nick Moyle, San Antonio Express-News, "Texas Tech seeks a breakthrough at College World Series," 17 June 2018 Shows about cannibals masquerading as charismatic psychiatrists, about wisecracking zombie hunters, about ferocious Anglo-Irish gangsters who conceal razorblades in the peaks of their caps. Joe Queenan, WSJ, "A TV Watcher’s Bid to Keep Up With the Bingers," 14 June 2018 At a tour stop in Brooklyn in May, bandmates Rachel Flotard and Shelly Short formed a powerhouse frontline with Case at the club Littlefield, delivering new songs like a trio of wisecracking Valkyries. Will Hermes, Longreads, "‘I Love What Human Voices Do Together’: An Interview with Neko Case," 9 June 2018 The Retrievers congratulated Bennett on his win on Twitter, responding to a wisecracking tweet about the historic upset. Dan Gartland, SI.com, "Virginia’s Tony Bennett Named AP Coach of the Year," 29 Mar. 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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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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