or smart al·ec
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Origin of smart aleck
OTHER WORDS FROM smart alecksmart-al·eck·y, smart-al·eck, adjective
Words nearby smart aleck
Example sentences from the Web for smart aleck
And increasingly smart navigation aids in the cockpit brought far greater precision and efficiency to route planning.Flight 8501 Poses Question: Are Modern Jets Too Automated to Fly?|Clive Irving|January 4, 2015|DAILY BEAST
A woman in a smart uniform scribbles out tickets for a growing line of tourists eager to take a trip on the old-fashioned train.
It used to be frequently said back in 2000 that Jeb was “the smart brother.”
A lot of British pubs have been smart enough to understand this and respond.
Thorgerson and Powell turned to video and film—a smart move given the emergence of MTV.
During the first week, not a day passed without smart skirmishes.
Then summoning a smart young jemadar with whom he had talked a good deal during the journey, he asked him to read the chit.The Red Year|Louis Tracy
Who could have believed that only a fortnight ago these same figures were clean as new pins; smart and well-liking!Gallipoli Diary, Volume I|Ian Hamilton
Christopher Smart, an English poet and miscellaneous writer, died; known by a popular translation of Horace.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology|Joel Munsell
It was there that he longed to retire—to a dainty little hotel of his own with a smart clientèle.The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol|William J. Locke
British Dictionary definitions for smart aleck
noun plural smart alecks
Derived forms of smart alecksmart-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.