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verb smug·gle \ˈsmə-gəl\

: to move (someone or something) from one country into another illegally and secretly

: to take or bring (something) secretly

smug·gledsmug·gling \-g(ə-)liŋ\

Full Definition of SMUGGLE

transitive verb
:  to import or export secretly contrary to the law and especially without paying duties imposed by law
:  to convey or introduce surreptitiously
intransitive verb
:  to import or export something in violation of the customs laws
smug·gler \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

SMUGGLER Defined for Kids


verb smug·gle \ˈsmə-gəl\

Definition of SMUGGLE for Kids

:  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


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