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know-all

[noh-awl]
noun Informal.
  1. a know-it-all.
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Origin of know-all

First recorded in 1880–85
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Historical Examples of know-all

  • This time the hunchback, in his favorite character of know-all, took the lead.

    The Duke's Motto

    Justin Huntly McCarthy

  • Come, Mr. Know-All, look upon the prisoner at the bar; do you know him?

  • You find out for yourself, if you're so clever, Mr. Know-all; I'm off.

    Adrien Leroy

    Charles Garvice

  • The place had a know-all air blended with a chaste exclusiveness.

    Married Life

    May Edginton

  • “Some books and things was carted from the office to Denver a-Wednesday,” said the know-all who had spoken about the mortgage.


British Dictionary definitions for know-all

know-all

noun
  1. informal, derogatory a person who pretends or appears to know a great deal
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