Definition of wisecrack in English:



  • A clever and pithy spoken witticism.

    • ‘What makes me smile - unintentionally, I suppose - is wisecracks like this.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Apparently we made some wisecrack about Milton Keynes.’
    • ‘And you thought this site was just good for wisecracks and recipes.’
    • ‘But he does like to make wisecracks outside of court.’
    • ‘His tendency to represent himself combined with a penchant for a badly timed wisecrack at the judge have sealed his fate time after time.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Our reading efforts were communal, and thus vulnerable to the attention-seeking wisecracks of this or that child.’
    • ‘Needless to say, a fuming Ivan stalked off before another wisecrack could be heaped on him.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They might make some wisecrack, or fall silent, or fumble for something in their pockets.’
    • ‘She lowered the volume of the CB before he could respond with some nonsense wisecrack.’
    • ‘I'm always thinking of wisecracks and witticisms, always searching for the funny side of a situation.’
    • ‘Bobby took no small amount of pride in being a lifelong neighborhood guy, but he still felt shamed by Rory's wisecrack.’
    • ‘That, of course, was not a genuine offer, it was an improper and self-indulgent wisecrack.’
    • ‘Such rote interpretative strategies betray a lack of imagination, like the cocktail-party boor who laughs at every wisecrack.’
    • ‘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.’
    joke, witticism, quip, witty remark, flash of wit, jest, rejoinder, sally
    barb, gibe
    bon mot
    crack, gag, funny, one-liner, comeback
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[NO OBJECT]informal
  • Make a wisecrack.

    ‘his warmth, boisterousness, and constant wisecracking’
    • ‘‘You're just mad we didn't leave you some,’ Dave wisecracked.’
    • ‘Mr. Boskey was a short, portly fellow who wisecracked his way through our daily hour of devotion to the basics of geology.’
    • ‘No wonder one wag in the winner's circle wisecracked to Llewellyn: ‘It's all downhill from here.’’
    • ‘It's not exactly prolific, but the team is known industrywide for strong characters, rampant imagination, and wisecracking.’
    • ‘I think we've gotten used to a voiceover that explains everything, or characters that wisecrack their way through their adventures.’