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

Definition for smartass (2 of 2)


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


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


Origin of smart-ass

First recorded in 1955–60 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for smartass

  • 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