Wiseacre meaning

wīzākər
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A person who makes annoyingly conceited claims to knowledge.
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A person regarded as being disagreeably egotistical and self-assured.
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One who feigns knowledge or cleverness; an insolent upstart.
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Origin of wiseacre

  • Alteration by folk etymology from Middle Dutch wijsseggher soothsayer translation of Middle High German wīssage from Old High German wīssago seer alteration (influenced by forasago sayer beforehand, prophet) of wīzago from wīzag knowledgeable weid- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • a 1600, from Middle Dutch wijssegger (“soothsayer"), from Old High German wÄ«zzago, from wizzan (“to know")

    From Wiktionary