\ˈsmərk \
smirked; smirking; smirks

Definition of smirk 

intransitive verb

: to smile in an affected or smug manner : simper

transitive verb

: to say or express with a smirk

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Other Words from smirk

smirk noun

Examples of smirk in a Sentence

She tried not to smirk when they announced the winner.

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Ehrenreich’s take on the character centers on a familiar swagger and his own riff on Harrison Ford’s smirking grin. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "Solo: A Star Wars Story — our spoiler-free review," 15 May 2018 During this time, a report from Tempe police says Vasquez can be seen frequently looking down at the lower center console area near her knee and frequently smirking and laughing. Bree Burkitt, azcentral, "Fatal Uber crash: A timeline of the crash and investigation," 18 Mar. 2018 Anthony sat there, smirking and chuckling with every reveal. Ian Frisch, Longreads, "Anthony Bourdain and the Missing Piece," 9 June 2018 The next day, at a press conference about the investigation, Ukraine’s security services revealed the plot twist: Mr Babchenko himself, very much alive and smirking at his apparent resurrection. The Economist, "Plots and sackings in Ukraine," 31 May 2018 The detective questioned them and said the girl in the back seat, Jones, smirked at the front seat passenger, Jean-Pierre, who initially provided a false name, according to charging documents. Erika Butler, The Aegis, "Two girls, 16, charged in connection with Harford attempted carjacking," 29 May 2018 The weapon is held next to the teen's prom date in a black suit and pink tie, who smirks at the camera. Monique O. Madan, miamiherald, "Ex-NFL player posted a pic with his daughter and her prom date. In his hand — a gun. | Miami Herald," 22 Apr. 2018 As the audience cracked up, Comey smirked, and took another big sip of wine. Emily Yahr,, "'I'm like a breakup he can't get over': James Comey joins Stephen Colbert and mocks Trump," 18 Apr. 2018 Cuomo and his allies have responded to Nixon’s candidacy in two ways: smirking at her lack of political experience and her dim electoral prospects, and attacking her for the same. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Cynthia Nixon Is in Andrew Cuomo’s Head," 5 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of smirk

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for smirk

Middle English, from Old English smearcian to smile; akin to Old English smerian to laugh

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English Language Learners Definition of smirk

: to smile in an unpleasant way because you are pleased with yourself, glad about someone else's trouble, etc.


\ˈsmərk \
smirked; smirking

Kids Definition of smirk

: to smile in an insincere manner

Other Words from smirk

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to reject or criticize sharply

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