wiseacre

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a 1600, from Middle Dutch wijssegger (soothsayer), from Old High German wīzzago, from wizzan (to know)

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wiseacre (plural wiseacres)

  1. One who feigns knowledge or cleverness; one who is wisecracking; an insolent upstart.
  2. (obsolete) A learned or wise man.
    Pythagoras learned much [] becoming a mighty wiseacre. — Leland.

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