smart ass

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Also smart·-ass·, smart·ass.

Origin of smart ass

First recorded in 1905–10

smart-ass

[smahrt-as]Slang: Sometimes Vulgar.
adjective
  1. Also smart-assed, smart·assed. characteristic of a smart ass or wise guy.

Origin of smart-ass

First recorded in 1955–60
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Examples from the Web for smartass

Contemporary Examples of smartass

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

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    The Fools on the Hill

    Charlie Gasparino

    February 12, 2009


Word Origin and History for smartass

smart-ass

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

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