[smahrt-as]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

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

Examples from the Web for smartasses

Contemporary Examples of smartasses

  • The New Yorker critic takes on smartasses who think they are being witty in an excerpt from his new book, Snark.

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    The High Priests of Snark

    David Denby

    January 8, 2009

Word Origin and History for smartasses


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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper