from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Slang A person regarded as being disagreeably egotistical and self-assured.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. One who feigns knowledge or cleverness; an insolent upstart.
- n. A learned or wise man.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A learned or wise man.
- n. One who makes undue pretensions to wisdom; a would-be-wise person; hence, in contempt, a simpleton; a dunce.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A sayer of wise things; a learned or wise man.
- n. One who makes pretensions to great wisdom; hence, in contempt or irony, a would-be wise person; a serious simpleton or dunce.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an upstart who makes conceited, sardonic, insolent comments
The book follows the usual jocular style of the "For Dummies" series (does the publisher have a special "wiseacre" editor?) including the cartoons and the usual "Part of Tens".
There was a gang of wiseacre boys who defiled the sacrament of confirmation—the Catholic equivalent of the bar and bat mitzvah—by choosing the silliest saint they could find, "Aloysius," for the confirmation name that the bishop would announce when it was their turn to get their cheeks slapped.
Hunky wiseacre Ryan Reynolds has announced that his next project is entitled ‘Buried’, a film about a civilian contractor in Iraq who gets captured and buried alive with only a cell phone, candle, knife … … and his wits yo!
Labour's electoral system may not be a good one, but the big guns – from private financial donors, to wiseacre columnists, newspaper editorialisers and party grandees – almost all lined up for David, against Ed. The pro-Ed camp in the press has pretty much consisted of the People newspaper and three or four of us columnists.
In the golden age of the family sitcom, children with the exception of wiseacre Rusty from Make Room for Daddy didn't zing their parents like Borsht-belt comics.
Note the word "absolute" that the wiseacre slipped in there.
Swept into the orient as we learned, no one was too alarmed when some wiseacre in the back of the room had the good sense and quick whit to break out some hand cymbals.
He also made regular wiseacre appearances on a little VH1 show called Best Week Ever spoiler: the best week ever was June 18 to 24, 1995.
He's also the single biggest and most shameless wiseacre on either side of the Mason-Dixon line.
What GH/PH will gain is revenge, a small but possibly growing PLP following and in those long future soul searching years in the desolate wilderness that Labour will inhabit, a wiseacre ability to say 'we told you so' to Paxman and the after dinner circuit.