Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

smirk

play
verb \ˈsmərk\

Simple Definition of smirk

  • : to smile in an unpleasant way because you are pleased with yourself, glad about someone else's trouble, etc.

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of smirk

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to smile in an affected or smug manner :  simper

  3. transitive verb
  4. :  to say or express with a smirk

smirk

noun

Examples of smirk in a sentence

  1. She tried not to smirk when they announced the winner.



Origin and Etymology of smirk

Middle English, from Old English smearcian to smile; akin to Old English smerian to laugh


First Known Use: before 12th century


SMIRK Defined for Kids

smirk

play
verb \ˈsmərk\

Definition of smirk for Students

smirked

smirking

  1. :  to smile in an insincere manner

smirk

noun



Learn More about smirk


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up smirk? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

different from the usual or normal

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

alphabet-pasta-spelling-help

Which is the correct spelling?

acommadate acommodate accommodate accomodate
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ