Slang: Sometimes Vulgar.
[ wahyz-as ]
/ ˈwaɪzˌæs /
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Also wise-assed . insolent; impertinent; smart-ass.
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Origin of wise-ass
First recorded in 1970–75
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Example sentences from the Web for wise-ass
Brash, crass, and overflowing with wiseass attitude, he remains the ultimate postmodern superhero.The King of Postmodern Cool Is Reborn in ‘Ash Vs. The Evil Dead’|Nick Schager|November 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In his interview with Woodward, Ailes dismissed the taped conversation as “more of a joke, a wiseass way I have,” he said.Secret Tape: Ailes Tried to Entice Petraeus to Run|Howard Kurtz|December 4, 2012|DAILY BEAST
British Dictionary definitions for wise-ass
/ (ˈwaɪzæs) /
- a person who thinks he or she is being witty or clever
- (as modifier)some wiseass kid at the back of the class
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