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Like as not Miss Connie'll be marryin' some smart-alecky, good-fer-nothin' fellow, then she'll be settled.

I busted a big hole in her right whar there was a smart-alecky Yankee colonel sailin' acrost on a horse.

It is not "smart-alecky" at all, but has, rather, the sound of something genuinely felt.

WORD ORIGIN

1865, of unknown origin, perhaps in reference to Aleck Hoag, notorious pimp, thief, and confidence man in New York City in early 1840s [Barnhart]. See smart (adj.). Related: Smart-alecky.

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