What is another word for know-it-all?

Pronunciation: [nˈə͡ʊɪtˈɔːl] (IPA)

A know-it-all, also known as a smart aleck or a wise guy, is someone who presents themselves as an authority on everything, regardless of their actual expertise. They can be quite annoying and often come across as arrogant or condescending. Other synonyms for know-it-all include show-off, braggart, pompous, egotistical, conceited, and self-important. These people tend to dominate conversations and often interject with unsolicited advice or information, which can be frustrating for those around them. It's important to remember that although they may come across as confident, often know-it-alls have their own insecurities and are simply trying to compensate for them.

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Famous quotes with Know-it-all

  • Nothing's worse than a woman know-it-all.
    Tom DeLay
  • I'm a real food know-it-all.
    Arthur Schwartz
  • A know-all or know-it-all is a person who behaves as if he or she knows everything. Now listen up, no one knows everything, regardless of world renowned professors and intellectuals. Oh! yes, even you personally you don't know everything and you will never know everything, no matter your level of education or qualification. Thus, disregard whatever you think you know presently and then humble yourself in order to learn something new from someone else or others. ~Emeasoba George
  • My generation comes from a world that has been molded by crass TV programs, movies, comic books, popular music, advertisements and commercials. My brain is a huge garbage dump of all this stuff and it is this, mainly, that my work comes out of, for better or for worse. I hope that whatever synthesis I make of all this crap contains something worthwhile, that it's something other than just more smarmy entertainment—or at least, that it's genuine high quality entertainment. I also hope that perhaps it's revealing of something, maybe. On the other hand, I want to avoid becoming pretentious in the eagerness to give my work deep meanings! I have an enormous ego and must resist the urge to come on like a know-it-all. Some of the imagery in my work is sorta scary because I'm basically a fearful, pessimistic person. I'm always seeing the predatory nature of the universe, which can harm you or kill you very easily and very quickly, no matter how well you watch your step. The way I see it, we are all just so much chopped liver. We have this great gift of human intelligence to help us pick our way through this treacherous tangle, but unfortunately we don't seem to value it very much. Most of us are not brought up in environments that encourage us to appreciate and cultivate our intelligence. To me, human society appears mostly to be a living nightmare of ignorant, depraved behavior. We're all depraved, me included. I can't help it if my work reflects this sordid view of the world. Also, I feel that I have to counteract all the lame, hero-worshipping crap that is dished out by the mass-media in a never-ending deluge.
    Robert Crumb

Related words: know you know, what you know, know-everything

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