wise guy

\ ˈwīz-ˌgī How to pronounce wise guy (audio) \

Definition of wise guy

2 usually wiseguy \ ˈwīz-​ˌgī How to pronounce wiseguy (audio) \ : mobster

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Examples of wise guy in a Sentence

Quit being a wise guy. No more wise-guy remarks, got it? a movie about two wiseguys
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When word reached Hartford, every wise guy between Springfield and New Haven wanted a piece of the action. Edmund H. Mahony, courant.com, "Manchester’s John ‘Fast Jack’ Farrell, the notorious card and dice hustler, dies," 1 Aug. 2019 The good is that a robot mayor of Chicago would possess high intelligence and wouldn’t care about flattering wise guys, hedge fund bosses and public unions. John Kass, chicagotribune.com, "A robot mayor for Chicago? It’s logical.," 20 Apr. 2018 How much of an NBA playoff longshot are the Miami Heat according to the wise guys? Ira Winderman, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Heat enter NBA playoffs as betting longshot vs. 76ers," 13 Apr. 2018 Author-columnist Jimmy Breslin, the legendary street-smart chronicler of wise guys and underdogs, died at his Manhattan home at age 87. BostonGlobe.com, "This day in history," 19 Mar. 2018 But there are reports Democrats are considering ditching her in the fall, wise idea, wise guy? Fox News, "Illegal charged in Kate Steinle's death files complaint," 16 Mar. 2018 And Gerwig is rather introspective, earnest and internal, while Dunne was more businesslike, and in comedies, more of a wise guy. Mick Lasalle, San Francisco Chronicle, "If Tonya didn’t like ‘Tonya,’ could she sue?," 11 Jan. 2018 Forget about the mule or the money, or three wise guys with myrrh: This piece of evergreen is pure holiday cheer. Natalie Angier, New York Times, "Precious Gems Bear Messages From Earth’s Molten Heart," 11 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of wise guy

1896, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of wise guy was in 1896

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English Language Learners Definition of wise guy

chiefly US : a person who says or does things that are funny but also annoying or somewhat rude
US : someone who is part of a secret organized group of criminals

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