Origin of wiseacre
Related Words for wiseacrecrook, hoodlum, know-it-all, mobster, brain, intellectual, braggart, windbag, wiseacre, smarty-pants, smart-ass, bigmouth, wiseass, wisenheimer, criminal, hood, mafioso
Examples from the Web for wiseacre
Contemporary Examples of wiseacre
Yes, as some wiseacre will point out in the comments, this is the hometown of the Chiefs.Dan Snyder's Indian Chief Is Neither
June 28, 2013
Historical Examples of wiseacre
A barrel may sound hollow, but not a bird--this wiseacre acquaints us.De Libris: Prose and Verse
There was something about this man that interested Wiseacre.
But Mr. Wiseacre was caught napping once in his life, and that completely.
And so Mr. Wiseacre treats almost every thing that makes its appearance.
"Perhaps I might do it," said Wiseacre, after another thoughtful pause.
Word Origin 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.).