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smart al·eck

 (ăl′ĭk)
n. Informal
A person regarded as annoyingly self-assertive, especially for making impudent displays of knowledge.

[Perhaps after Aleck Hoag, 19th-century American confidence man and thief.]

smart′-al′eck, smart′-al′eck·y (-ĭ-kē) adj.

smart aleck

(ˈælɪk)
n, pl smart alecks
informal an irritatingly oversmart person
[C19: from Aleck, Alec, short for Alexander]
ˈsmart-ˌaleck, ˈsmart-ˌalecky adj

smart′ al`eck

(or al`ec)

(ˈæl ɪk)
n. Informal.
an obnoxiously conceited and impertinent person.
[1860–65, Amer.; generic use of Aleck, nickname for Alexander]
smart′-al`eck•y, smart′-al`eck, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.smart aleck - an upstart who makes conceited, sardonic, insolent comments
upstart - an arrogant or presumptuous person

smart aleck

noun
Informal. One who is obnoxiously self-assertive and arrogant:
Translations

smart aleck

[ˈsmɑːtˌælɪk] n (fam) → sapientone/a, sputasentenze m/f inv
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