American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Slang A smart aleck.
- n. alternative spelling of smart ass.
“In the same day and the same sentence, there’d be the devoted Ray, the husband Ray, and then there’d be the other, the one I’ve called a smart-ass.”
“Three children: the two eldest, boys, handsome athletes, quick-witted, self-starters; the youngest, a dark-haired and perfect girl, a little brash, a bit of a smart-ass, her acerbic wit softened by a capacity for graciousness and kindness, and encouraged in the security of exclusive schools and the protection of her father and brothers.”
“When steady enough to stand upright without fearing my balance was compromised, my smart-ass mouth opened.”
“I resisted the urge to give him a smart-ass salute and followed him down the dank concrete hallway.”
“How she could find such a smart-ass even the least bit attractive was beyond her.”
“That smart-ass little answer was exactly what I needed to snap my mood back into place.”
“Because my smart-ass karma combined with my genes might create some sort of evil superbaby.”
“Ricky was the resident smart-ass, which sort of endeared him to me.”
“So, what, you think someone tampered with my brakes because I was a smart-ass to them?”
“The love of my life is a human and an outsider . . . and an incredible smart-ass.”
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