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noun Slang: Sometimes Vulgar.
a wise guy; know-it-all.
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Origin of smart ass

First recorded in 1905–10

Other definitions 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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How to use smart ass in a sentence

  • Later, after getting a smartass remark from Lewis, she demanded to know if he and his buddies were raising credit-card rates.

    The Fools on the Hill|Charlie Gasparino|February 12, 2009|DAILY BEAST
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