I'm not totally sure about that, but it feels to me calling someone a "smart-arse" is like saying they are annoying but are actually right.

Is there any similar word without the subtle positive vibe that I can use to address someone who is annoying and also wrong?


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The word smart-arse or smart-ass doesn't always mean the person is right. They might be or might not be. They pretend like they know everything and boast which may vary from case-to-case.

Lexico defines smart-arse as A person who is irritating because they behave as if they know everything. ("smart-ass" is the North American version).

The opposite of the above word informally would be dumbass. Though both words are better off during an informal talk.

Lexico defines dumbass as A stupid or contemptible person. (The British version is just "arse")

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    Hi Dhanistha - I edited your answer to include the definitions your Google search links pointed to. If you think I made too many changes, you can rollback the edit in the revision history, which you can get to by clicking the "edited" link to the left of your profile.
    – ColleenV
    Commented Jul 30, 2020 at 20:55
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    @ColleenV That's not a problem. I would actually like to thank you for including the meanings/definitions in a written format beside the link. I was actually working a late night and hence was too tired for that extra typing part. Thanks. Commented Jul 31, 2020 at 10:58

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