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When I seemed to be irritable or sad, my father would quote the learned Dr. Knight, and then say, 'Just go to sleep.' Like all smart aleck kids, I thought the advice was silly. But as I've grown older, I've realized just how smart Knight was.
Ben Stein

Meaning of "smart aleck" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD SMART ALECK

From Aleck, Alec, short for Alexander.
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PRONUNCIATION OF SMART ALECK

smart aleck  [ˈælɪk] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF SMART ALECK

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Smart aleck is a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

WHAT DOES SMART ALECK MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Definition of smart aleck in the English dictionary

The definition of smart aleck in the dictionary is an irritatingly oversmart person.


WORDS THAT RHYME WITH SMART ALECK


alec
ˈælɪk
aleck
ˈælɪk
bimetallic
ˌbaɪmɪˈtælɪk
cephalic
sɪˈfælɪk
Daedalic
dɪˈdælɪk
gallic
ˈɡælɪk
intermetallic
ˌɪntəmɪˈtælɪk
italic
ɪˈtælɪk
italics
ɪˈtælɪk
malic
ˈmælɪk
malik
ˈmælɪk
mesencephalic
ˌmɛsɛnsɪˈfælɪk
metallic
mɪˈtælɪk
nonmetallic
ˌnɒnmɪˈtælɪk
organometallic
ɔːˌɡænəʊmɪˈtælɪk
phallic
ˈfælɪk
salic
ˈsælɪk
smart-aleck
ˈsmɑːtˌælɪk
terephthalic
ˌtɛrɛfˈθælɪk
Uralic
jʊˈrælɪk

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE SMART ALECK

smart
smart alec
smart arse
smart ass
smart bomb
smart card
smart cart
smart drug
smart dust
smart money
smart sanction
smart set
smart wool
smart-aleck
smart-alecky
smartarse
smartarsed
smartass
smarten
smartie

WORDS THAT END LIKE SMART ALECK

background check
beck
befleck
by the neck
check
cleck
deck
double-check
fleck
heck
in check
neck
peck
redneck
snowfleck
speck
train wreck
V neck
V-neck
wreck

Synonyms and antonyms of smart aleck in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

Translation of «smart aleck» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF SMART ALECK

Find out the translation of smart aleck to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of smart aleck from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «smart aleck» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

自作聪明
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

sabelotodo
570 millions of speakers

English

smart aleck
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

धृष्ट व्यक्ति
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

aleck الذكية
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

нахал
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

espertinho
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

স্মার্ট আলেক
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

petit malin
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Aleck pintar
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Schlauberger
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

スマートaleck
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

건방진 놈!
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Aleck pinter
85 millions of speakers
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Translator English - Vietnamese

Aleck thông minh
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

ஸ்மார்ட் aleck
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

स्मार्ट अलेक
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

çokbilmiş
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

sapientone
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

inteligentne Aleck
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

нахаба
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

desteptul
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

εξυπνάκιας
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

smart aleck
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

smarta aleck
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

bedreviter
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of smart aleck

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «SMART ALECK»

The term «smart aleck» is regularly used and occupies the 82.846 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about smart aleck

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QUOTES WITH «SMART ALECK»

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Ben Stein
When I seemed to be irritable or sad, my father would quote the learned Dr. Knight, and then say, 'Just go to sleep.' Like all smart aleck kids, I thought the advice was silly. But as I've grown older, I've realized just how smart Knight was.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «SMART ALECK»

Discover the use of smart aleck in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to smart aleck and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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The Smart Aleck's Guide to American History
Do you know America? No, I mean, do you REALLY know America? Would you recognize John Adams in a lineup? Can you identify any presidents between Lincoln and Roosevelt? Hmmm. I thought so. Well, you really need this book.
Adam Selzer, 2009
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Nobody's wife: the smart aleck and the king of the beats
The woman who was married to Beat Generation author Jack Kerouac while he was writing his most famous work, "On the Road," recounts the ups and downs of their relationship.
Joan Kerouac, 2000
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Lenny Kandell Smart Aleck
Eleven-year-old Lenny wants to become the world's greatest stand-up comic, but with an enemy like Mousie he wonders if he'll have any future at all.
Ellen Conford, 1984
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The Smart Aleck Chronicles II
This time, as in the previous volume, there are pithy and pointless observations that may have appeared in previous publications for which the author may have had responsibility, fictitious biographies of friends and colleagues, several ...
Mike Robertson, 2012
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The Smart Aleck Chronicles III
The original Smart Aleck Chronicles was published to little, if any notice in 2007. This was followed five years later with the release of a second volume. As noted in the prefaces to both these collections, their intended purpose was to present to  ...
Mike Robertson, 2014
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The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook: Parenting
Children with easy-going temperaments will try out smart-aleck behavior once or twice and drop it if it doesn't get a response. Alert your child to the offensive behavior. Ifyour child continues to display an impertinent attitude, point out specific ...
David Borgenicht, Sarah Jordan, Joshua Piven, 2011
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Stop Struggling, Start Teaching
Ask them why they feel like they have to make smart-aleck remarks. Once they have explained, you could ask them to come up with reasons why those remarks are not appropriate in class. Their responses may include, "They could hurt the ...
Katie Van Dyke, Brad Wilcox, 2006
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The Smart Aleck Chronicles: A Compendium of Careless ...
The Smart Aleck Chronicles makes no effort to be anything other that what it appears to be, whatever that is.
Mike Robertson, 2007
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When Law Goes Pop: The Vanishing Line Between Law and ...
It's a story about an old man and a smart-aleck little boy. The smart-aleck boy had decided he was going to show the old man up, show him what a fool he was. The smart-aleck boy caught a little bird on the porch and his plan was to go up to ...
Richard K. Sherwin, 2000
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Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary: Eleventh Edition
1787) : any of various polygonums with strong acidic juice smarty or smart-ie Vsmar-teA n, pi smart-ies (1847) : SMART ALECK smarty— pants \-,pan(t)s\ n pi but sing in constr (1941) : SMART ALECK — smarty-pants adj smash \'smash\ n ...
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10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «SMART ALECK»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term smart aleck is used in the context of the following news items.
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Steve Harvey schools Garfield smart aleck
The comedian stops by to dole out wisdom to high-schoolers; Martin Short supports Gilda's Club Seattle; 'The Memory Care Plays' at Taproot; and the King of ... «The Seattle Times, May 15»
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Smart aleck detective aims to crack murder mystery in local author's …
It's up to a smart aleck detective to help crack the case. "There are card dealers that advertise in the hobby publications," Brown explains. "When you see this ... «NorthJersey.com, Apr 15»
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Pic: Smart aleck childishly edits scoreboard at Junior B hurling …
Spectators at a recent Junior B hurling match in Wexford witnessed a brilliantly immature scoreboard prank. Some wisenheimer at the clash between ... «SportsJOE.ie, Apr 15»
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Smart aleck Dennis Miller pencils in two April dates in Las Vegas
What a tart retort. Stand-up comedian and political commentator Dennis Miller returns to Las Vegas in April with two nights at the 850-seat Orleans Showroom. «Los Angeles Times, Mar 15»
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Pastor: Child-punching sermon clip was out of context
Eric Dammann, pastor of the Bible Baptist Church in Hasbrouck Heights, appears in the video clip delivering a sermon to his congregation about a "smart aleck" ... «UPI.com, Jan 15»
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When You Hear This Pastor Boast About What He Did to a 'Smart
Pastor Eric Dammann speaks in one sermon of a boy named Ben who was “a nice kid, but one of those — he was a real smart aleck. He was a bright kid, which ... «TheBlaze.com, Jan 15»
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Hey, Atheists: It's Immature To Mock People's Deeply Held Beliefs
Remember that smart aleck in grade school who always had a “gotcha” comeback for the teacher? How about the kid who poked the girl next to him, over and ... «The Federalist, Dec 14»
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Lives Lived: Alfred Emerton Blake, 94
Veteran, gardener, economist, smart aleck. Born on April 5, 1920, in Prince Albert, Sask.; died on May 8, 2014, in Vancouver, of cardiac problems, aged 94. «The Globe and Mail, Oct 14»
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'Daily Show' Smart Aleck John Oliver to Host the International Emmys
“The Daily Show” correspondent, who filled in for host Jon Stewart earlier this year as Stewart embarked on his directorial feature-film debut, will host this year's ... «TheWrap, Nov 13»
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IRA parade: A whiff of smart aleck game-playing from Sinn Fein
The arguments have a smart aleck, game-playing "see how you like it" air to them. This sort of inconsistency, and the decision to pull this issue out of a hat, ... «Belfast Telegraph, Aug 13»

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« EDUCALINGO. Smart aleck [online]. Available <https://educalingo.com/en/dic-en/smart-aleck>. Sep 2019 ».
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