wiseacre


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wise·a·cre

 (wīz′ā′kər)
n. Slang
A person regarded as being disagreeably egotistical and self-assured.

[Alteration by folk etymology from Middle Dutch wijsseggher, soothsayer, translation of Middle High German wīssage, from Old High German wīssago, seer, alteration (influenced by forasago, sayer beforehand, prophet) of wīzago, from wīzag, knowledgeable; see weid- in Indo-European roots.]

wiseacre

(ˈwaɪzˌeɪkə)
n
1. a person who wishes to seem wise
2. a wise person: often used facetiously or contemptuously
[C16: from Middle Dutch wijsseggher soothsayer; related to Old High German wīssaga, German Weissager. See wise1, say]

wise′ guy`


n. Informal.
a cocksure, conceited, and often insolent person; smart aleck.
[1895–1900, Amer.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.wiseacre - an upstart who makes conceited, sardonic, insolent comments
upstart - an arrogant or presumptuous person

wiseacre

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

wiseacre

[ˈwaɪzˌeɪkəʳ] Nsabihondo/a m/f
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Such sayings themselves grow harder and adhere more firmly with age, and it would take many blows with a trowel to clean an old wiseacre of them.
And how do these wiseacres know that man wants a normal, a virtuous choice?
That other class of wiseacres who twist prophecy in such a manner as to make it promise the destruction and desolation of the same city, use judgment just as bad, since the city is in a very flourishing condition now, unhappily for them.
It is so intensely and deliberately didactic, and its subject is esteemed so dry, that I delight in throwing it at the heads of the wiseacres who repeat the parrot cry that art should never be didactic.
Now I don't want any wiseacres to read this book, but if they should, of course they will prick up their long ears, and howl, or rather bray, at the above story.
They wonder why I am not ready to abet and whet their wisdom: as if they had not yet enough of wiseacres, whose voices grate on mine ear like slate- pencils!
These wiseacres did not hesitate to bring a dead man back to life because they knew of no living one capable of such feats; it is their heedless and inconsequent calumnies that the present paper is partly intended to refute.
In the open space in front of this edifice, stands a solitary, grim-looking, square brick tower, which has a quaint and remarkable appearance, and which the wiseacres of the place have consequently determined to pull down immediately.
Full of this idea, the scientific gentleman seized his pen again, and committed to paper sundry notes of these unparalleled appearances, with the date, day, hour, minute, and precise second at which they were visible: all of which were to form the data of a voluminous treatise of great research and deep learning, which should astonish all the atmospherical wiseacres that ever drew breath in any part of the civilised globe.
He was so near death He was willing to take Any love he could get, Even at the risk Of some mocking policeman Or some cute young wiseacre, Smashing his dentures, Perhaps leading him on To a dark place and there Kicking him in his dead groin Just for the fun of it.
You might think a wiseacre like me would have watched it on television.
Additionally, the occasional wiseacre would ask, "Well, then, how come William H.