a smart or facetious remark.

verb (used without object)

to make wisecracks.

verb (used with object)

to say as a wisecrack.

Origin of wisecrack

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

Synonyms for wisecrack

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Contemporary Examples of wisecracking

Historical Examples of wisecracking

  • They were about to enter the Communist shrine and wisecracking was hardly in order.


    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



a flippant gibe or sardonic remark


to make a wisecrack
Derived Formswisecracker, noun
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Word Origin and History for wisecracking



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

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