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smart aleck

One who makes jokes and uses sarcasm in an attempt to seem witty, but instead is deemed annoying. Also seen as "smart alec." I'd had enough of that smart aleck's wisecracks, so I left the party early.
See also: aleck, smart

smart aleck

An impudent or obnoxiously self-assertive individual, a wise guy, as in New teachers often have a hard time coping with the smart alecks in their classes. This expression, dating from the mid-1800s, probably alluded to a person of this description who was named Alec or Alexander, but his identity has been lost.
See also: aleck, smart

a smart alec


a smart aleck

A smart alec or a smart aleck is someone who is very clever and who is often able to answer questions in a clever way. Note: People sometimes spell `alec' and `aleck' with capital initials, as names. They've got some smart alec of a lawyer from London to oppose bail. Note: You can use smart alec and smart aleck before a noun. I hate smart-aleck kids who talk like dictionaries. Note: You use this expression to show that you find someone annoying. Note: Alec or Aleck is a shortened form of the name Alexander.
See also: alec, smart

smart alec (or aleck)

a person considered irritating because they know a great deal or always have a clever answer to a question.
From the male personal name Alec, a short form of Alexander.
See also: alec, smart

a ˈsmart alec/aleck

(informal, disapproving) a person who tries to show that they are cleverer than everyone else: Some smart alec wrote in to say that the last edition of the newspaper contained 37 printing errors.
See also: alec, aleck, smart
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But I'd like to ask the smart alecs how they would have priced up this well-bred newcomer?
If it's any consolation, it's the same for everyone, even the smart Alecs who write columns in The Journal.
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Women, on the whole, don't like smart alecs and prefer guys who treat them as people first, friends second and potential dates, third.
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Maybe Baby starts off like so many glib comedies - full of witty one- liners from a bunch of smart alecs.
That is what the smart alecs who tipped a rapid return to the Championship for Phil Brown's Premier League up starts would have you believe.
The smart Alecs were on good terms with themselves when the Bankies won five in a row in the autumn to go clear at the top of the table, but the smile has been wiped off their faces by a run of eight games without a win since then.
Sports fans have A Question of Sport, students can watch University Challenge, smart alecs have Countdown, music fans tune into Never Mind The Buzzcocks, while the ultimate quiz for intellectuals was Mastermind.
Like eBay, there are plenty of smart alecs out there ready to sweep in at the last minute with a victory bid.
Once again, the name of the game will be to try to disguise the fact that all those witty one-liners are off the cuff and were not thought up beforehand by a committee of smart alecs.