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 for wiseacre
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Wiseacre \Wise"a*cre\, n. [OD. wijssegger or G. weissager a
     foreteller, prophet, from weissagen to foretell, to prophesy,
     OHG. w[imac]ssag?n, corrupted (as if compounded of the words
     for wise and say) fr. w[imac]zzag?n, fr. w[imac]zzag? a
     prophet, akin to AS. w[imac]tiga, w[imac]tga, from the root
     of E. wit. See Wit, v.]
     [1913 Webster]
     1. A learned or wise man. [Obs.]
        [1913 Webster]
  
              Pythagoras learned much . . . becoming a mighty
              wiseacre.                             --Leland.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     2. One who makes undue pretensions to wisdom; a would-be-wise
        person; hence, in contempt, a simpleton; a dunce.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  wiseacre
      n 1: an upstart who makes conceited, sardonic, insolent comments
           [syn: wise guy, smart aleck, wiseacre, wisenheimer,
           weisenheimer]

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