I want to know what "smart alec" means.Can you help?
Smart alec - Definition and More from the Free Merriam-Webster Dictionary
Definition of SMART ALECK
: an obnoxiously conceited and self-assertive person with pretensions to smartness or cleverness
— smart–aleck adjective
— smart–al·ecky\-ˌa-lə-kē, -ˌe-\ adjective
Variants of SMART ALECK
smart al·eck also smart al·ec \ˈsmärt-ˌa-lik, -ˌe-\
Examples of SMART ALECK
- <some smart aleck in the audience kept shouting clever insults at the nervous speaker>
Origin of SMART ALECK
Aleck, nickname for Alexander First Known Use: 1865
Related to SMART ALECK
Synonyms: smarty (or smartie), smarty-pants, wiseacre, wiseass, wise guy, wisenheimer (also weisenheimer)
Related Words: know-all [chiefly British], know-it-all; wisecracker; hotshot, show-off
Smart Alec is also OK.