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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

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

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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A smart aleck child of the Boston streets, Magnus Chase, on the day of his sixteenth birthday, discovers some pretty odd and amazing things about himself.
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.
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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.
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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.
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