A wisecrack is a funny joke or a sarcastic remark that makes someone laugh. The class clown is usually famous for their wisecracks.

You can use this informal word as a verb, too: "How can I know when you're serious if you just wisecrack constantly?" Wisecrack first appeared at the start of the 20th century, from a now-uncommon sense of the verb crack, "speak loudly or boastingly," which is also used in the phrase "to crack a joke." It takes more than wisecracks to be a successful comedian, but it's a good start!

Definitions of wisecrack

n a witty remark

crack, quip, sally
Type of:
comment, input, remark
a statement that expresses a personal opinion or belief or adds information

v make a comment, usually ironic

Type of:
comment, notice, point out, remark
make or write a comment on

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