Meaning of smart-arsed in English:



(US smart-assed)
  • Irritating on account of behaving as if one knows everything.

    • ‘smart-arsed corporate lawyers’
    • ‘a smart-arsed remark’
    • ‘Beattie always has to inject his own smart-arsed remarks somewhere.’
    • ‘It has become natural to fire off a smart-arsed reply instead of stopping for five minutes to consider the possibilities.’
    • ‘No smart-arsed academic can tell me what to do.’
    • ‘My smart-arsed response to this questioning is often met with absolute scorn.’
    • ‘A smart-arsed techie saw fit to ignore the software giant's security policy.’
    • ‘If you didn't keep making smart-arsed lame comments and unsubstantiated allegations, no-one would bother you, or even acknowledge your existence.’
    • ‘I was growing more and more isolated and estranged every day, surrounded by smart-arsed, hard drinking ironists.’
    • ‘The dialogue is a little quippy and smart-arsed right now, but I'm sure it will settle down as we get to know the various characters.’
    • ‘It was supposed to be a light-hearted warning to "smart-arsed urbanites", tempted by the idea of escaping the rat race.’
    • ‘I insisted, like any smart-assed grad student, that rote memorization was the death of cognitive liberty.’
    • ‘She's sharp and smart-assed, pouty, and as melodramatic as an opera diva.’
    • ‘I just wanted to be the smart-assed sidekick.’
    • ‘Stephanie is a charming, smart-assed, hilarious character who manages to somehow fall into a job working for her cousin Vinnie as a bounty hunter.’
    • ‘Generally, Richard's visits were peppered with smart-assed comments and unyielding teasing.’
    • ‘For a moment, just a fleeting moment I was about to holler some smart-assed comment at Terry again and wait for his response.’
    • ‘He called me a smart-assed college kid, because I didn't listen to him.’
    impudent, impertinent, insolent, presumptuous, forward, pert, bold, bold as brass, brazen, brazen-faced, shameless, audacious, overfamiliar, irreverent, discourteous, disrespectful, insubordinate, impolite, bad-mannered, ill-mannered, unmannerly, mannerless, rude, insulting