Meaning of wisenheimer in English:


Pronunciation /ˈwʌɪz(ə)nˌhʌɪmə/


informal US
  • A person who behaves in an irritatingly smug or arrogant fashion, typically by making clever remarks and displaying their knowledge.

    • ‘The wisenheimers who paid no respects to such dolts did not get us into this mess - straight-faced true believers of all stripes did.’
    • ‘It was always tempting to try and prove that one was enough of a wisenheimer oneself to appreciate anything they could dish out.’
    smug, self-satisfied, pleased with oneself, proud of oneself, self-approving, self-congratulatory, self-admiring, self-regarding


Early 20th century from wise + the suffix -(n)heimer found in surnames such as Oppenheimer.