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

His sexist wisecracks, wise-guy sneers, and salesman’s banter are as colorful as his assaultive obscenities. Troy Patterson, The New Yorker, "“The Loudest Voice” Eviscerates Roger Ailes and Fox News," 30 June 2019 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 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

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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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