- a person who possesses or affects to possess great wisdom.
- wise guy.
Origin of wiseacre
Examples from the Web for wiseacre
Yes, as some wiseacre will point out in the comments, this is the hometown of the Chiefs.Dan Snyder's Indian Chief Is Neither
June 28, 2013
A barrel may sound hollow, but not a bird--this wiseacre acquaints us.De Libris: Prose and Verse
And so Mr. Wiseacre treats almost every thing that makes its appearance.
But Mr. Wiseacre was caught napping once in his life, and that completely.
There was something about this man that interested Wiseacre.
"Perhaps I might do it," said Wiseacre, after another thoughtful pause.
- a person who wishes to seem wise
- a wise person: often used facetiously or contemptuously
Word Origin and History for wiseacre
1590s, partial translation of Middle Dutch wijssegger "soothsayer" (with no derogatory connotation), probably altered by association with Middle Dutch segger "sayer" from Old High German wizzago "prophet," from wizzan "to know," from Proto-Germanic *wit- "to know" (see wit (v.)). The deprecatory sense of "one who pretends to know everything" may have come through confusion with obsolete English segger "sayer," which also had a sense of "braggart" (mid-15c.).