Definition of smirk
: to smile in an affected or smug manner : simper
: to say or express with a smirk
Examples of smirk in a Sentence
She tried not to smirk when they announced the winner.
Recent Examples of smirk from the Web
The bloop dropped into shallow left field, and after rolling into second base easily, Dickerson smirked and shook his head.
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Origin and Etymology of smirk
Middle English, from Old English smearcian to smile; akin to Old English smerian to laugh
First Known Use: before 12th century
SMIRK Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of smirk for English Language Learners
: to smile in an unpleasant way because you are pleased with yourself, glad about someone else's trouble, etc.
SMIRK Defined for Kids
Definition of smirk for Students
: to smile in an insincere manner
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