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smuggle

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verb smug·gle \ˈsmə-gəl\

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. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to import or export secretly contrary to the law and especially without paying duties imposed by law

  3. 2 :  to convey or introduce surreptitiously

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to import or export something in violation of the customs laws

smug·gler play \ˈsmə-glər\ noun

Examples of smuggle

  1. He was arrested for smuggling drugs into the country.

  2. They smuggled immigrants across the border.

  3. The paintings had been smuggled out of the country before the war.

  4. We smuggled his favorite sandwich past the nurse.



Origin of smuggle

Low German smuggeln & Dutch smokkelen


First Known Use: 1687

Rhymes with smuggle



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