smart aleck
also smart alec noun Etymology: Aleck, nickname for Alexander Date: 1865 an obnoxiously conceited and self-assertive person with pretensions to smartness or cleverness • smart-aleck adjectivesmart-alecky adjective

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  • smart aleck — smart alecky, smart aleck, adj. /al ik/ 1. an obnoxiously conceited person. 2. a wise guy. [1860 65, Amer.; generic use of Aleck, nickname for Alexander] * * * …   Universalium

  • smart aleck — 1865, perhaps in reference to Aleck Hoag, notorious pimp, thief, and confidence man in New York City in early 1840s …   Etymology dictionary

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  • smart aleck —    A person who tries to give the impression that he knows everything or annoys others by trying to sound clever. William, by Irene Hunt, has: ‘Amy would have said “Not funny, smart aleck,” but Mama didn’t’ ‘Aleck’ is a pet form of Alexander, a… …   A dictionary of epithets and terms of address

  • smart-aleck — adjective That is characteristic of a smart aleck smart aleck remarks …   Wiktionary

  • smart aleck — noun a) one who is given to obnoxious or insolent humor; wise guy b) one who is pretentious to cleverness or knowledge; a know it all Syn …   Wiktionary

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