What does smart aleck mean?

Definitions for smart aleckˈæl ɪk

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. wise guy, smart aleck, wiseacre, wisenheimer, weisenheimer(noun)

    an upstart who makes conceited, sardonic, insolent comments


  1. smart aleck(Noun)

    One who is given to obnoxious or insolent humor; a wise guy.

  2. smart aleck(Noun)

    One who is pretentious about their own cleverness or knowledge; a know-it-all.

  3. smart aleck(Noun)

    One who is obnoxiously self-assured; a show off.

  4. smart aleck(Noun)

    A well-dressed person.

  5. Origin: Aleck is a nickname for Alexander. The phrase "smart aleck" is possibly derived from the name Aleck Hoag, a 19 century con man and thief. A conceited know-it-all, dates back to mid-19th century America. Alec Hoag was a notorious pimp and thief who operated in New York in the 1840s. He operated a trick called "The Panel Game" where he would sneak in via gaps in the walls and steal the valuables of his sleeping or unwary clients. The reputation he generated for not getting caught earned him the nickname Smart Alec.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of smart aleck in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of smart aleck in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Jack Sutton:

    I don't like him. He's too dang smart aleck-y.

  2. Valentina Melnikova:

    Here they got some smart-aleck lawyers who said,' OK, we'll observe at least this( law), we won't send conscripts,' it's absurd and nonetheless illegal.

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