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smart ass

noun, Slang: Sometimes Vulgar.
1.
a wise guy; know-it-all.
Also, smart·-ass·, smartass.
Origin
1905-1910
1905-10

smart-ass

[smahrt-as] /ˈsmɑrtˌæs/
adjective
1.
Also, smart-assed, smartassed. characteristic of a smart ass or wise guy.
noun
2.
Origin
1955-60
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Word Origin and History for smartass

smart-ass

also smartass, 1960 (adj.), 1962 (n.), from smart (adj.) + ass (n.2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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smart-ass

adjective

: That's a smart-ass question

noun

A person who is quick to offer an often-abrasive opinion or comment from a posture of superior intelligence and learning; bigmouth, know-it-all, wise guy: You're a real wiseass sometimes, Mary Anne (1960+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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