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wise guy

Informal. a cocksure, conceited, and often insolent person; smart aleck:
He has a reputation for being a wise guy.
Also called wiseacre.
Origin of wise guy
1895-1900, Americanism
Related forms
wise-guy, adjective Unabridged
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wise guy

(informal) a person who is given to making conceited, sardonic, or insolent comments
(US) a member of the Mafia
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  1. : Send me a wire if you get the job
  2. : They checked to see whether she was wearing a wire
  3. An overstimulated person; an anxious, excitable person: You know I'm a natural wire. What I need is a drink to calm me down


  1. To send a telegram: Wire me when you get there (1859+)
  2. To place eavesdropping devices in a room, office, etc, or concealed on someone's body; bug: She quietly checked to see if her bedroom was wired/ The FBI wired me before they sent me to see the suspect (1950s+)

Related Terms

come up to the wire, down to the wire, go to the wire, haywire, hot-wire

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wise guy

An obnoxious know-it-all, a person who makes sarcastic or annoying remarks, as in the teacher was delighted that the worst wise guy in the class was moving out of town. [ ; second half of 1800s ]
Also see: smart aleck
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