adjective \ˈsməg\

: having or showing the annoying quality of people who feel very pleased or satisfied with their abilities, achievements, etc.


Full Definition of SMUG

:  trim or smart in dress :  spruce
:  scrupulously clean, neat, or correct :  tidy
:  highly self-satisfied
smug·ly adverb
smug·ness noun

Examples of SMUG

  1. It's OK to celebrate your success, but try not to be too smug about it.
  2. You can wipe that smug look off your face.
  3. Meanwhile, supporters are smug and righteous that the person who manages the world's leading stock exchange deserves every million. —Susan Lee, Wall Street Journal, 10 Sept. 2003

Origin of SMUG

probably modification of Low German smuck neat, from Middle Low German, from smucken to dress; akin to Old English smoc smock
First Known Use: 1551

Rhymes with SMUG


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