Definition of wisecrack in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈwīzˌkrak/


A clever and pithy spoken witticism.
Example sentences
  • He came to take great pleasure in his craft with words, honing them like his little wood sculptures, dreaming up pithy wisecracks and aphorisms which he collected and displayed in his office.
  • I'm always thinking of wisecracks and witticisms, always searching for the funny side of a situation.
  • I think it's really fun to watch TV and just do a little post every fifteen minutes or so - just some random observation or wisecrack or critique.


[no object]
Make a wisecrack: (as noun wisecracking) his warmth, boisterousness, and constant wisecracking
More example sentences
  • Mr. Boskey was a short, portly fellow who wisecracked his way through our daily hour of devotion to the basics of geology.
  • I think we've gotten used to a voiceover that explains everything, or characters that wisecrack their way through their adventures.
  • ‘You're just mad we didn't leave you some,’ Dave wisecracked.



Example sentences
  • Here he plays a hapless barrister, which neatly illustrates the pervasive attitude among English sitcom writers; given the choice between a wisecracker and a buffoon, the buffoon gets the gig every time.
  • Joan, new in town, is a wisecracker who just wants to fit in.
  • All the tough wisecrackers joined the respectful audience.

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Syllabification: wise·crack

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