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ˈwaɪzˌeɪ kərwiseacre

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. wise guy, smart aleck, wiseacre, wisenheimer, weisenheimernoun

    an upstart who makes conceited, sardonic, insolent comments

Wiktionary

  1. wiseacrenoun

    One who feigns knowledge or cleverness; an insolent upstart.

  2. wiseacrenoun

    A learned or wise man.

    Pythagoras learned much becoming a mighty wiseacre. uE000153020uE001 Leland.

  3. Etymology: a 1600, from wijssegger, from wīzzago, from wizzan

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Wiseacrenoun

    Etymology: It was antiently written wisesegger, as the Dutch wiseggher, a soothsayer.

    Why, says a wiseacre that sat by him, were I as the king of France, I would scorn to take part with footmen. Addison.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Wiseacre

    a learned or wise man

  2. Wiseacre

    one who makes undue pretensions to wisdom; a would-be-wise person; hence, in contempt, a simpleton; a dunce

  3. Etymology: [OD. wijssegger or G. weissager a foreteller, prophet, from weissagen to foretell, to prophesy, OHG. wssagn, corrupted (as if compounded of the words for wise and say) fr. wzzagn, fr. wzzag a prophet, akin to AS. wtiga, wtga, from the root of E. wit. See Wit, v.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Wiseacre

    wī′zā-kėr, n. one who pretends to wisdom without grounds, a simpleton quite unconscious of being such. [Perh. through the medium of Dutch from Ger. weissager, a soothsayer, weissagen, to foretell—Old High Ger. wīzago, a prophet.]

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of wiseacre in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of wiseacre in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2


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