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verb (used without object)
  1. to make wisecracks.
verb (used with object)
  1. to say as a wisecrack.

Origin of wisecrack

An Americanism dating back to 1910–15; wise1 + crack
Related formswise·crack·er, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for wisecracker


  1. a flippant gibe or sardonic remark
  1. to make a wisecrack
Derived Formswisecracker, noun
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Word Origin and History for wisecracker



1924, from wise (adj.) + crack in the "boast" sense (see cracker).

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