Wise Apple Meaning

(idiomatic, attributive, usually hyphenated) Having the manner of a smart aleck.

Example: 1943, Staff Sgt. Dick Jones, "Air-Lines," The Independent (US), 26 Feb., p. 11 (retrieved 22 Oct 2010):
  Private Wise Guy Bly is the type of guy who in civilian life was known as a "wise apple".
1980, Edwin Pope, "Yanks Pull It Off," St. Petersburg Independent (US), 25 Feb., p. C1 (retrieved 22 Oct 2010):
  "The Americans did not win at Bunker Hill," this wise apple said.
2001, "This Team Continues its March toward Being Best in Canes History," Miami Herald, 25 Nov., p. 1C:
  As some wise apple said, comparisons are odious, and never more so than with a job not yet done.
1966, "Ann Landers Answers Your Problems," Times-News (US), 13 July, p. 6 (retrieved 22 Oct. 2010):
  She gave me a wise-apple smirk and asked, "And how are things at YOUR house?"