Meaning of wiseacre in English:


Pronunciation /ˈwʌɪzeɪkə/

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  • A person with an affectation of wisdom or knowledge, regarded with scorn or irritation by others; a know-all.

    ‘the wiseacres forecast a collapse of the building’
    • ‘For years, successive generations of caddies lived up to their reputation as low-life wiseacres who always knew better than the guy who was paying them and were not afraid to say so.’
    • ‘While being no particular fan of cops myself, I sympathise with them when they have to deal with wiseacres like you and your cohorts.’
    • ‘Either way, the name stuck - providing great fodder for annoying wiseacres all over the state.’
    • ‘Well, those wiseacres were proved wrong then, and they're going to be proved wrong again.’
    • ‘When she barked, they straightened in the chair and when she raised a brow they commenced rehearsing the wiseacre questions that had been scripted for them.’


Late 16th century from Middle Dutch wijsseggher ‘soothsayer’, probably from the Germanic base of wit. The assimilation to acre remains unexplained.