[smahrt-as]Slang: Sometimes Vulgar.


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


Nearby words

  1. smart set,
  2. smart weapons,
  3. smart wool,
  4. smart-alec,
  5. smart-arse,
  6. smartarse,
  7. smarten,
  8. smartish,
  9. smartly,
  10. smartmouth

Origin of smart-ass

First recorded in 1955–60

smart ass

noun Slang: Sometimes Vulgar.

a wise guy; know-it-all.
Also smart·-ass·, smart·ass.

Origin of smart ass

First recorded in 1905–10 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for smart-ass


also smartass, 1960 (adj.), 1962 (n.), from smart (adj.) + ass (n.2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper