Origin of wiseacre
Examples from the Web for wiseacre
Yes, as some wiseacre will point out in the comments, this is the hometown of the Chiefs.
Uncle Richard had just read his wiseacre nephew's letter, when James, the footman, enters hastily.Coaching, with Anecdotes of the Road|William Pitt Lennox
Don't you know, Mr. Wiseacre, that my case does not fall within the province of philosophy?The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle, Volume I|Tobias Smollett
Head of Wit; a wiseacre, one who affects to have much wisdom.Letters of Samuel Rutherford|Samuel Rutherford
Toward the lukewarm, the doubting, and the denying, Wiseacre was in direct antagonism.
It was a standing boast with Mr. Wiseacre that he had never been humbugged in his life.
British Dictionary definitions for wiseacre
Word Origin for wiseacre
Word Origin and History for wiseacre
1590s, partial translation of Middle Dutch wijssegger "soothsayer" (with no derogatory connotation), probably altered by association with Middle Dutch segger "sayer" from Old High German wizzago "prophet," from wizzan "to know," from Proto-Germanic *wit- "to know" (see wit (v.)). The deprecatory sense of "one who pretends to know everything" may have come through confusion with obsolete English segger "sayer," which also had a sense of "braggart" (mid-15c.).