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noun or smart alec
  1. one who is pretentious to cleverness or knowledge; a know-it-all
  2. one who is obnoxiously self assured; a show off
  3. (rare) a well dressed person
adjective smart-aleck, smart-alecky
  1. pretentious; obnoxiously self assured
Your smart-alecky comments are unneeded.
Etymology: aleck is a nickname for Alexander. The phrase is possibly derived from the name Aleck Hoag, a 19th century con man and thief.


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