Discussion in 'English Only' started by quietdandelion, Mar 25, 2007.
What does Aleck mean here?
It is part of the phrase "smart aleck". It refers to someone that makes disrespectful or sarcastic remarks.
Does it refer to smart ass?
Yes, those are synonyms.
See the definition for smart aleck here.
Additional information: The expression smart aleck dates to 1865 according to the Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary, 11th ed., while smart-ass dates to 1964.
Thank you for the link, mplsray.
wise guy: an upstart who makes conceited, sardonic, insolent comments
Separate names with a comma.