Simple Definition of smuggle
: to move (someone or something) from one country into another illegally and secretly
: to take or bring (something) secretly
Full Definition of smuggle
smug·gledsmug·gling play \-g(ə-)liŋ\
1 : to import or export secretly contrary to the law and especially without paying duties imposed by law
2 : to convey or introduce surreptitiously
: to import or export something in violation of the customs laws
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
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