wiseacre

Part of speech: noun

One who affects great wisdom; hence, a dunce.

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Usage examples "wiseacre":

  1. During the Great War some controlling wiseacre evolved precisely the same scheme for bringing about an imaginary increase in the supply of mutton, by prohibiting the slaughter of any lambs until June. - "Grain and Chaff from an English Manor", Arthur H. Savory.
  2. Look here, old Professor Wiseacre, what dynasty does this junk belong to? - "Two Little Women on a Holiday", Carolyn Wells.
  3. " Aha, Sir Wiseacre," said the voice, " I am breaking twigs off these tall trees, so that at midnight I may light a fire in which to roast you." - "Undine", Friedrich de la Motte Fouquée.