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[smahr-tee-pants] /ˈsmɑr tiˌpænts/
noun, (used with a singular verb)
Origin of smarty-pants
1915-20 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for smarty-pants
  • If this smarty-pants machine is cleverer than me then it needs to prove itself.
  • Instead, it tosses brain twisters at four smarty-pants who are lured into a trap.
  • With that many techno-smarty-pants in a group, everyone is paranoid about cabals and back-room deals.
  • In our smarty-pants media culture, idealism is out of style.
  • smarty-pants kids would say one thing and mean another thing entirely and drive their parents mad.
British Dictionary definitions for smarty-pants


(functioning as sing) (informal) a would-be clever person
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Slang definitions & phrases for smarty-pants



Intelligence; brains, savvy: If they had any smarts, they would have put a silencer on a gun and pumped a bullet in his head

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street smarts

[1970+; probably on analogy with brains and wits]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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