- a wise guy; know-it-all.
Also smart·-ass·, smart·ass.
Origin of smart ass
First recorded in 1905–10
[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
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Examples from the Web for smartass
Later, after getting a smartass remark from Lewis, she demanded to know if he and his buddies were raising credit-card rates.The Fools on the Hill
February 12, 2009
Word Origin and History for smartass
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