[smahrt-as]Slang: Sometimes Vulgar.
- Also smart-assed, smart·assed. characteristic of a smart ass or wise guy.
Origin of smart-ass
First recorded in 1955–60
- a wise guy; know-it-all.
Also smart·-ass·, smart·ass.
Origin of smart ass
First recorded in 1905–10
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Examples from the Web for smart-ass
In fact, the smart-ass speeches go on and on and on, the actors seemingly in love with the sound of their voices.Aaron Sorkin’s Cable Crackup: Why His HBO Series Is a Snooze
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If it's not pollsters, it's some smart-ass blogger trying to provoke us to say something against blacks or gays or Mexicans.Pop Culture and the Recession
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Every woman on the planet has sass and smart-ass qualities in them, but it seems sometimes only black women are defined by it.‘Community’: Alison Brie, Yvette Nicole Brown, Gillian Jacobs & Megan Ganz Roundtable
February 28, 2012
Even in the chaos, I could still manage the smart-ass remark.Navy Seal Training: The Start of Hell Week
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May 8, 2011
It was a geek accent, and it made you sound like a smart-ass instead of a sharp operator.Makers
Word Origin and History for smart-ass
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