1. (orig. US) a general term of usu. light-hearted abuse.
|Haxby’s Circus 235: It was at Yanda that some ‘smart boots’ as Dan said, ‘took a tumble’.|
|What Makes Sammy Run? (1992) 67: Three years later I would be sitting in a Hollywood night club watching my copy boy dance the rhumba with one of those Vassar smarty-pants.|
|quoted in Rogers A.J. Ayer 170: I do not like that smarty-boots Connolly.|
|Crack Detective Sept. [Internet] Please bring Miss Smarty Britches down here.‘Once Upon a Crime’ in|
|Norman’s London (1969) 136: Old smarty-pants crosses the road very slowly and came over to me.in Police and the Public in|
|Champ 68: ‘Little smartpants,’ Dolly muttered.|
|Cat’s Eye (1989) 121: Carol is a smarty-pants.|
|(con. 1970) Dazzling Dark (1996) I iv: Little fucking smartie pants, huh.Danti-Dan in McGuinness|
|Corpse at the Haworth Tandoori 146: You’re getting to be a real smartypants.|
|Age (Melbourne) 9 May 19/3: Then in minces Miss Smarty-drawers, all prim and proper.|
|Blow Fly (2004) 17: Who invited smarty pants?|
|Life 90: Three or four real smarty-pants, with the usual bow ties.|
2. attrib. use of sense 1.
|Sports Winners Spring n.p.: This was a new kind of smile. The only ones we had seen before was always cocksure and smarty-pants.‘Base on Balds’ in|
|Age (Melbourne) 9 June 16/8: [C]heap word-plays and smarty-drawers remarks.|
|Homeboy 279: I hope you’re proud, Mr. Smartypants lawyer.|
|Skinny Dip 322: This smarty-pants white kid and a big nigra feller.|
3. as a term of address, usu. negative.
|Big Heat 21: I look at their names when I do the dusting, Smarty-Pants.|
|Mad mag. Dec. 35: Smartie pants, smartie pants! / Can’t get a ticket for the U.N. Dance!|
|Dear ‘Herm’ 186: Okay, Smarty Pants, what is the right way to relate that brain-teaser?|
|After Hours 193: It’s easy for you, smarty-drawers.|
|Beano Comic Library No. 176 55: Ok, Smarty-Pants – spill the beans!|
|It Was An Accident 114: ‘All right smartipants,’ she went, ‘what do you want to know before I chew you up and spit you out?’.|
4. (US black) a young man at the outset of his sexual career.
|(con. 1940s–50s) Juba to Jive.|