wiseass

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  • noun (to behave as) a know-all, an irritatingly smug or insolent person. This vulgar version of ‘wise-guy’ has been heard since the early 20th century. (The word wise has flourished in American speech because of reinforcement from the synonymous Dutch wijs and the German weise.).
  • verb (to behave as) a know-all, an irritatingly smug or insolent person. This vulgar version of ‘wise-guy’ has been heard since the early 20th century. (The word wise has flourished in American speech because of reinforcement from the synonymous Dutch wijs and the German weise.).
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