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wiseacre

[ wahyz-ey-ker ]
/ ˈwaɪzˌeɪ kər /
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noun

a person who possesses or affects to possess great wisdom.

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Origin of wiseacre

1585–95; <Middle Dutch wijssager prophet, translation of Middle High German wīssage,late Old High German wīssago, by popular etymology equivalent to wīs wise + sago sayer, from earlier wīzzago wise person; cognate with Old English wītega, akin to wit2
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wiseacre
/ (ˈwaɪzˌeɪkə) /

noun

a person who wishes to seem wise
a wise person: often used facetiously or contemptuously

Word Origin for wiseacre

C16: from Middle Dutch wijsseggher soothsayer; related to Old High German wīssaga, German Weissager. See wise 1, say
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