Definitions for: Wiseacre


[n] an upstart who makes conceited, sardonic, insolent comments



Webster (1913) Definition: Wise"a*cre, n. [OD. wijssegger or G. weissager a
foreteller, prophet, from weissagen to foretell, to prophesy,
OHG. w[=i]ssag?n, corrupted (as if compounded of the words
for wise and say) fr. w[=i]zzag?n, fr. w[=i]zzag? a prophet,
akin to AS. w[=i]tiga, w[=i]tga, from the root of E. wit. See
Wit, v.]
1. A learned or wise man. [Obs.]

Pythagoras learned much . . . becoming a mighty
wiseacre. --Leland.

2. One who makes undue pretensions to wisdom; a would-be-wise
person; hence, in contempt, a simpleton; a dunce.

Synonyms: smart aleck, weisenheimer, wise guy, wisenheimer

See Also: upstart

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