verb smug·gle \ˈsmə-gəl\
: to move (someone or something) from one country into another illegally and secretly
: to take or bring (something) secretly
: to import or export secretly contrary to the law and especially without paying duties imposed by law
: to convey or introduce surreptitiously
defined for English-language learners
Examples of SMUGGLE
- He was arrested for smuggling drugs into the country.
- They smuggled immigrants across the border.
- The paintings had been smuggled out of the country before the war.
- We smuggled his favorite sandwich past the nurse.
Origin of SMUGGLE
Low German smuggeln
& Dutch smokkelen
First Known Use: 1687
: to export or import secretly and unlawfully <They smuggled stolen goods.>
: to take or bring secretly <It had been my intention to smuggle a couple of sandwiches … — Mark Twain, A Connecticut Yankee>
— smug·gler \ˈsmə-glər\ noun