Origin of smart aleck
Related formssmart-al·eck·y, smart-al·eck, adjective
Examples from the Web for smart aleck
In the series' pilot, smart-aleck ex-lawyer Jeff Winger (Joel McHale) tells Abed that he has Asperger's syndrome.
They gave him a month in the barracks to think over how smart-aleck hed been, and then Jimmie was out again.Famous Flyers|David Goodger (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Well, it happened that the end of last week a smart-Aleck of a fellow came in, an Andalusian.Their Son; The Necklace|Eduardo Zamacois
Before he got there he started a guessing contest in that smart-aleck burg.The Modern Railroad|Edward Hungerford
"The young squirt was always a Smart-Aleck and a blow-hard," he said.Poor White|Sherwood Anderson
British Dictionary definitions for smart aleck
noun plural smart alecks
Derived Formssmart-aleck or smart-alecky, adjective
Word Origin for smart aleck
Idioms and Phrases with smart aleck
An impudent or obnoxiously self-assertive individual, a wise guy, as in New teachers often have a hard time coping with the smart alecks in their classes. This expression, dating from the mid-1800s, probably alluded to a person of this description who was named Alec or Alexander, but his identity has been lost.