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wisecrack

[wahyz-krak]Informal.
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noun
  1. a smart or facetious remark.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to make wisecracks.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to say as a wisecrack.
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Origin of wisecrack

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

Synonyms

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1. jest, witticism, quip.
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  • They were about to enter the Communist shrine and wisecracking was hardly in order.

    Combat

    Dallas McCord Reynolds

  • There was a great deal of wisecracking about Al Devis buying himself a ringside seat for the fire he'd started.

    Four-Day Planet

    Henry Beam Piper


British Dictionary definitions for wisecracking

wisecrack

noun
  1. a flippant gibe or sardonic remark
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verb
  1. to make a wisecrack
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Derived Formswisecracker, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for wisecracking

wisecrack

n.

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

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