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or weisenheimer

[wahy-zuh n-hahy-mer] /ˈwaɪ zənˌhaɪ mər/
noun, Informal.
a wiseacre or smart aleck.
Origin of wisenheimer
1915-20, Americanism; earlier also wiseheimer, equivalent to wise1 + -(en)heimer, extracted from surnames with this ending Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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A person who is ostentatiously and smugly knowing; smart aleck, smart-ass: the way an old-time carny handles a tough wisenheimer with the aid of a hammer

[1904+; fr wise plus the German or Yiddish element -enheimer found in surnames based on German place names ending in -heim; the coinage may be motivated by the humorous attempt to add weight to the term and is perhaps tinged with anti-Semitism]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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