smart alecksmart al·eck
- The definition of smart aleck is someone or something that is annoying because they comes across as having know-it-all tendencies.
An example of a smart aleck answer is a sarcastic reply to a question.
- Smart aleck is a negative term for a person who thinks he is intelligent and who always has an answer for everything.
An example of a smart aleck is the class clown who always shouts out when the teacher is asking questions.
or smart al·ec
Origin of smart alecksmart + Aleck, diminutive of Alexander
Origin of smart aleckPerhaps after Aleck Hoag, 19th-century American confidence man and thief
- smart′-al′eck smart′-al′eck·y
(plural smart alecks)
(comparative more smart-aleck, superlative most smart-aleck)
- That is characteristic of a smart aleck
- smart-aleck remarks