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wise-ass

or wise·ass

[ wahyz-as ]
/ ˈwaɪzˌæs /
Slang: Sometimes Vulgar.
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adjective

Also wise-assed . insolent; impertinent; smart-ass.

noun

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Origin of wise-ass

First recorded in 1970–75
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British Dictionary definitions for wise-ass

wiseass
/ (ˈwaɪzæs) /

noun

informal
  1. a person who thinks he or she is being witty or clever
  2. (as modifier)some wiseass kid at the back of the class
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