a smart alec

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a smart alec/aleck

someone who is always trying to seem more clever than everyone else in a way that is annoying Some smart alec in the audience kept making witty remarks during my talk.
See also: alec, smart
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We used to pick up at least half a bus load at Billingham, there was always a smart aleck who would turn the door handle at the entrance to the bus, consequently you tried to close the doors and they wouldn't so you had to leave your seat and turn the handle back from the outside.
And please, I am not trying to be a smart aleck, just wondering, because there just might be a bigger market out there for one.
One can oppose something without talking or writing as a smart aleck.
Farrell turns Bozz into a complicated anti-hero, a smart aleck whose wisecracks mask a deep well of fear and self-loathing.
Clerk thinks he's being a smart aleck & says again the same way "father's name?
GEX, a smart aleck who combines a Bart Simpson attitude with a vocabulary of witty pop cultural illusions, is fast becoming one of the most visible electronic game characters.
I was barely 18 years old and a smart aleck kid, so I said, Well, I just don't have time.
If there's anything you hate worse than a smart-aleck kid, it's a smart aleck pushing 40.
They said he was a wise guy, a smart aleck, according to one detective.