[wahyz-ey-ker] /ˈwaɪzˌeɪ kər/
a person who possesses or affects to possess great wisdom.
1585–95; < Middle Dutch wijssager prophet, translation of Middle High German wīssage, late Old High German wīssago, by popular etymology equivalent to wīs wise + sago sayer, from earlier wīzzago wise person; cognate with Old English wītega, akin to wit2
British Dictionary definitions for wise-acre
wiseacre (ˈwaɪzˌeɪkə)
1.  a person who wishes to seem wise
2.  a wise person: often used facetiously or contemptuously
[C16: from Middle Dutch wijsseggher soothsayer; related to Old High German wīssaga, German Weissager. See wise1, say]

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Word Origin and History for wise-acre
1595, partial translation of M.Du. wijssegger "soothsayer" (with no derogatory connotation), probably altered by association with M.Du. segger "sayer" from O.H.G. wizzago "prophet," from wizzan "to know," from P.Gmc. *wit "know." The depreciatory sense of "one who pretends to know everything" may have come through confusion with obsolete Eng. segger "sayer," which also had a sense of "braggart" (c.1440).
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