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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.
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n, pl smart alecks
informal an irritatingly oversmart person
[C19: from Aleck, Alec, short for Alexander]
ˈsmart-ˌaleck, ˈsmart-ˌalecky adj
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(or al`ec)(ˈæl ɪk)
an obnoxiously conceited and impertinent person.
[1860–65, Amer.; generic use of Aleck, nickname for Alexander]
smart′-al`eck•y, smart′-al`eck, adj.
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|Noun||1.||smart aleck - an upstart who makes conceited, sardonic, insolent comments|
upstart - an arrogant or presumptuous person
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