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smart-ass

[smahrt-as]Slang: Sometimes Vulgar.
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adjective
  1. Also smart-assed, smart·assed. characteristic of a smart ass or wise guy.
noun
  1. smart ass.

Origin of smart-ass

First recorded in 1955–60

smart ass

noun Slang: Sometimes Vulgar.
  1. a wise guy; know-it-all.
Also smart·-ass·, smart·ass.

Origin of smart ass

First recorded in 1905–10
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  • It was a geek accent, and it made you sound like a smart-ass instead of a sharp operator.

    Makers

    Cory Doctorow


Word Origin and History for smart-ass

also smartass, 1960 (adj.), 1962 (n.), from smart (adj.) + ass (n.2).

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