Meaning: a person who's annoying because they try to show how clever and knowledgeable they are (n.) | having an annoying way of trying to seem clever (adj.)
- Greg sounds like a bit of a smart-arse when he's in a discussion because he states his opinion as if it's the last word on a topic.
- We don't need some smart-arse ecology professor coming out here and telling us how to run our farms.
Variety: This is typically used in British English but may be used in other varieties of English too.
Someone who's often called a smart-arse probably thinks they are
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Contributor: Matt Errey