- smart alecsN-COUNT: oft N n (disapproval)If you describe someone as a smart alec, you dislike the fact that they think they are very clever and always have an answer for everything. [INFORMAL]
...a fortyish smart-alec TV reporter...(in AM and sometimes in BRIT, use smart aleck)
You'll end up no more than a smart alec and you're well down that road already.
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