smug


smug
smug [smʌg] adj
[Date: 1500-1600; Origin: Probably from Low German smuck 'pretty']
showing too much satisfaction with your own cleverness or success - used to show disapproval
smug about
What are you looking so smug about?
smug expression/look/face/smile etc
'I knew I'd win,' she said with a smug smile.
>smugly adv
>smugness n [U]

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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  • smug — smug·gle; smug·gle·able; smug·gler; smug·ly; smug·ness; smug; …   English syllables

  • smug´ly — smug «smuhg», adjective, smug|ger, smug|gest. 1. too pleased with one s own goodness, cleverness, respectability, or accomplishments; self satisfied; complacent: »Nothing disturbs the smug beliefs of some prim, narrow minded people …   Useful english dictionary

  • Smug — Smug, a. [Of. Scand. or Low German origin; cf. LG. smuck, G. schmuck, Dan. smuk, OSw. smuck, sm[ o]ck, and E. smock, smuggle; cf. G. schmuck ornament. See {Smock}.] Studiously neat or nice, especially in dress; spruce; affectedly precise; smooth… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • smug — [ smʌg ] adjective too satisfied with your abilities or achievements. This word shows that you dislike people like this: a smug expression/face/smile ╾ smug|ly adverb ╾ smug|ness noun uncount …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Smug — Smug, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Smugged}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Smugging}.] To make smug, or spruce. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Thus said, he smugged his beard, and stroked up fair. Dryton. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • smug — smug: i smug (i det skjulte) …   Dansk ordbog

  • smug — [smug] adj. smugger, smuggest [prob. < LowG smuk, trim, neat, akin to Ger schmuck, neat: for IE base see SMOCK] 1. Archaic neat, spruce, trim, etc. 2. narrowly contented with one s own accomplishments, beliefs, morality, etc.; self satisfied… …   English World dictionary

  • smug — index complacent, pretentious (pompous) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • smug — (adj.) 1550s, trim, neat, spruce, smart, possibly an alteration of Low Ger. smuk trim, neat, from M.L.G. smücken to adorn, and smiegen to press close (see SMOCK (Cf. smock)). The meaning having a self satisfied air is from 1701, an extension of… …   Etymology dictionary

  • smug — self complacent, self satisfied, priggish, *complacent Analogous words: self respecting, self esteeming, self admiring (see base words under REGARD n): Pharisaical, sanctimonious, hypocritical (see under HYPOCRISY) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms