wiseacre

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a 1600, from Middle Dutch wijssegger (soothsayer), from Old High German wīzzago, wīzago (wise man, prophet, soothsayer), from Proto-Germanic *wītagô (wise one; prophet). Cognate with Old English wītega (wise man, prophet).

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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.
    • Leland
      Pythagoras learned much [] becoming a mighty wiseacre.

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