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Wise guy vs Wise man

wise guy —(derog.) an impudent person who parades his knowledge; smb. disagreeably self-assertive:

  • He got what he deserved this time. I believe he has learned his lesson and will not be such a wise guy in the future.

wise man

1. a man of good judgment:

  • A man who knows a little bit of the past and a little bit about the future is considered a wise man with superior qualifications.

2. (coll.) a shrewd and trusted guide and advisor:

  • The appointment of two independent “wise men” to prepare the ground for the forthcoming talks, was suggested.

See also: wise men of Gotham / wise men of the East.