\ ˈsmərk How to pronounce smirk (audio) \
smirked; smirking; smirks

Definition of smirk

intransitive verb

: to smile in an affected or smug manner

transitive verb

: to say or express with a smirk

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Other Words from smirk

smirk noun, plural smirks

Examples of smirk in a Sentence

She tried not to smirk when they announced the winner.
Recent Examples on the Web Last week, Millsap posted a photo to his Instagram account (@paulmillsap4) of himself smirking with the basketball in a practice drill. Kyle Fredrickson, The Denver Post, "Grandpa Paul? Why Nuggets’ Millsap feels rejuvenated in 14th NBA season," 24 Nov. 2019 Sue smirks at her friend/lover’s handsomeness and joins in on the scheme. Kristin Vartan,, "The Dickinson recap binge guide: Episodes 1-10," 11 Nov. 2019 In the very last shot of the uncharacteristically soft-spoken song's video, Dion shows her fully clean face, smirking at the camera with confidence. Marci Robin, Allure, "Céline Dion Removes All of Her Makeup in Her Latest Music Video," 28 Sep. 2019 Just don’t smirk so much while patting us on the head. Mark Olsenstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Indie Focus: Greed is goofy in ‘The Laundromat’," 27 Sep. 2019 Earnest appeared to smirk when surveillance video was played in court of 60-year-old congregant Lori Gilbert-Kaye being shot down inside the lobby of the synagogue. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Accused Poway synagogue shooter to face trial on murder, other charges," 20 Sep. 2019 The section in last Thursday’s debate covering health care ended with a smirking Biden defending, in patriotic terms, a system that kills tens of thousands a year. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "The Pragmatic Roots of Biden’s Incoherence," 18 Sep. 2019 His cousin Michael smirked at him before pulling his own helmet on. Maureen Lee Lenker,, "See the cover of Helen Hoang's third romance novel, The Heart Principle," 12 Sep. 2019 In the candid photo, Gomez bursts into laughter towards the back, while Swift is seen grinning in her signature red lip with a glass of white wine and David casually smirks between the singers. Georgia Slater,, "BFF Support! Selena Gomez Fangirls Over Taylor Swift's Hit 'Lover': 'You're Unreal'," 7 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of smirk

1796, 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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The first known use of smirk was in 1796

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3 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Smirk.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 7 December 2019.

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How to pronounce smirk (audio)

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 How to pronounce smirk (audio) \
smirked; smirking

Kids Definition of smirk

: to smile in an insincere manner

Other Words from smirk

smirk noun

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