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[noh-awl] /ˈnoʊˌɔl/
noun, Informal.
a know-it-all.
Origin of know-all
First recorded in 1880-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Historical Examples
  • This time the hunchback, in his favorite character of know-all, took the lead.

    The Duke's Motto Justin Huntly McCarthy
  • Come, Mr. know-all, look upon the prisoner at the bar; do you know him?

  • You find out for yourself, if you're so clever, Mr. know-all; I'm off.

    Adrien Leroy Charles Garvice
  • The place had a know-all air blended with a chaste exclusiveness.

    Married Life

    May Edginton
  • “Some books and things was carted from the office to Denver a-Wednesday,” said the know-all who had spoken about the mortgage.

  • Then the witnesses were called, and Mr. know-all did first give in his evidence against him.

British Dictionary definitions for know-all


(informal, derogatory) a person who pretends or appears to know a great deal
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