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noun Slang: Sometimes Vulgar.

a wise guy; know-it-all.

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Also smart-ass, smartass .

Origin of smart ass

First recorded in 1905–10

Definition for smart ass (2 of 2)

smart-ass
[ smahrt-as ]
/ ˈsmɑrtˌæs /
Slang: Sometimes Vulgar.

adjective

Also smart-assed, smartassed . characteristic of a smart ass or wise guy.

noun

Origin of smart-ass

First recorded in 1955–60
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