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alec1

[al-ik] /ˈæl ɪk/
noun, Obsolete.
1.
a herring.
2.
a sauce or relish made from small herring or anchovies.
Origin of alec1
1510-1520
1510-20; < Latin (h)al(l)ec fish sauce

alec2

[al-ik] /ˈæl ɪk/
noun, Australian.
1.
a simpleton or fool.
Origin
1920-25; cf. smart aleck; sense shift perhaps originally from ironic usage

Alec

or Aleck

[al-ik] /ˈæl ɪk/
noun
1.
a male given name, form of Alexander.
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  • To alec Haskell I shall in this discourse again have occasion to refer.

    'Tis Sixty Years Since Charles Francis Adams
  • Good old alec, he didn't believe in anything he couldn't touch.

    The Velvet Glove Harry Harrison
  • He would have to remember the pun to tell alec Diger later, if there was a later.

    The Velvet Glove Harry Harrison
  • No smart alec gets the best of me, even if he has got a month's contract.

    The Depot Master Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Now alec Carmichael was on the staff of half a dozen hospitals.

    The Moon and Sixpence W. Somerset Maugham

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