Definition of wisecrack in US English:



  • A clever and pithy spoken witticism.

    • ‘But he does like to make wisecracks outside of court.’
    • ‘Bobby took no small amount of pride in being a lifelong neighborhood guy, but he still felt shamed by Rory's wisecrack.’
    • ‘He is over fond of parenthesis and inane wisecracks.’
    • ‘Too often the wisecracks rain down like smart bombs that miss their targets.’
    • ‘Well, OK, the truth is I made a wisecrack to him at a book signing, and he looked at me.’
    • ‘His tendency to represent himself combined with a penchant for a badly timed wisecrack at the judge have sealed his fate time after time.’
    • ‘Apparently we made some wisecrack about Milton Keynes.’
    • ‘The cast deals admirably with a difficult script which is peppered with acerbic one-liners and wonderfully witty wisecracks, characteristic of Marber's earlier comedy.’
    • ‘The clean-cut star has also been the target of wisecracks over his looks.’
    • ‘The best wisecracks are the lines anybody would have said if only they had thought of them in that split-second.’
    • ‘Such rote interpretative strategies betray a lack of imagination, like the cocktail-party boor who laughs at every wisecrack.’
    • ‘Right, that's got the usual wisecrack remark about snowshoes out of the way, now we can get on with things.’
    • ‘She's a funny woman with a quick sense of humor and we've fired wisecracks off at each other on a couple of occasions.’
    • ‘She stars as herself and delivers strings of self-deprecating wisecracks.’
    • ‘And you thought this site was just good for wisecracks and recipes.’
    • ‘I'd been saving up this wisecrack for years in the hope of being attacked, but in all the confusion I completely messed up the timing.’
    • ‘They might make some wisecrack, or fall silent, or fumble for something in their pockets.’
    • ‘It is true, however, that the business of Government is serious business, and in politics, as in any other endeavor, wisecracks are no substitute for substance.’
    • ‘Obviously I would work my wisecracks into the conversation carefully.’
    • ‘I rolled my eyes as he tried to make witty wisecracks at my expense.’
    • ‘Even when the advice doesn't directly pertain to my own predicament of the week, I enjoy reading your witty wisecracks and thoughtful responses.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, I have never procured an overburdened wage package, so monetary wisecracks have not been part of my repertoire.’
    • ‘This show also gives the audience a chance to get involved by placing a topic in Barry's bucket, allowing the comic to demonstrate his ability to tell wisecracks or anecdotes on every imaginable subject.’
    • ‘Just check out one of the wisecracks from his jokes page.’
    • ‘You won't find any funny cartoon footage, wisecracks, guerrilla theatre or pop music.’
    • ‘That, of course, was not a genuine offer, it was an improper and self-indulgent wisecrack.’
    • ‘What makes me smile - unintentionally, I suppose - is wisecracks like this.’
    • ‘While more jokes and wisecracks were coming from the campfire, Alan retreated to his cabin.’
    • ‘Devon looked around for Kieran, expecting her to make another wisecrack, but Kieran had disappeared like she always seemed to when someone else was in sight.’
    • ‘Needless to say, a fuming Ivan stalked off before another wisecrack could be heaped on him.’
    • ‘He'd needed to make the wisecrack, despite the seriousness of the situation; it kept his mind off the events from the room they'd just left.’
    • ‘Our reading efforts were communal, and thus vulnerable to the attention-seeking wisecracks of this or that child.’
    • ‘Photographers circled and reporters walked in his immaculately tailored step, waiting for the inevitable wisecrack.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Not only do the actors provide solid delivery on their lines during serious moments of the plot, but they also deliver a number of jokes and snide wisecracks.’
    • ‘He had tried to get at her point of view but he knew he had never managed, she would just wisecrack about it, shrug and let it pass.’
    • ‘She lowered the volume of the CB before he could respond with some nonsense wisecrack.’
    • ‘Cut out the feeble wisecracks, stop showing cynical disrespect for ordinary decent folks!’
    • ‘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.’
    joke, witticism, quip, witty remark, flash of wit, jest, rejoinder, sally
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[no object]informal
  • Make a wisecrack.

    ‘his warmth, boisterousness, and constant wisecracking’
    • ‘Mr. Boskey was a short, portly fellow who wisecracked his way through our daily hour of devotion to the basics of geology.’
    • ‘Then he and Terry took Stanley to the hospital, where they hung around wisecracking with a loud and overly jocular Stanley until they made sure the staff there was tending to him.’
    • ‘It's not exactly prolific, but the team is known industrywide for strong characters, rampant imagination, and wisecracking.’
    • ‘‘You're just mad we didn't leave you some,’ Dave wisecracked.’
    • ‘He also has a fondness for baseball caps, and presides over the recording studio much like a sports coach might encourage his team from a dug-out, cajoling, wisecracking and offering suggestions.’
    • ‘I think we've gotten used to a voiceover that explains everything, or characters that wisecrack their way through their adventures.’
    • ‘No wonder one wag in the winner's circle wisecracked to Llewellyn: ‘It's all downhill from here.’’
    • ‘As a manager he was belligerent, tyrannical, wisecracking, but always affectionate.’
    • ‘The benevolent prince is wisecracking with his cronies, guffawing and texting on his mobile phone.’
    • ‘For the most part the reader is in a world of adventure, wisecracking, silly and imaginative.’