smirk

verb \ ˈsmərk \
Updated on: 18 Nov 2017

Definition of smirk

intransitive verb
: to smile in an affected or smug manner : simper
transitive verb
: to say or express with a smirk

smirk

noun

Examples of smirk in a Sentence

  1. She tried not to smirk when they announced the winner.

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Origin and Etymology of smirk

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


SMIRK Defined for English Language Learners

smirk

verb

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

smirk

verb \ ˈsmərk \

Definition of smirk for Students

smirked; smirking
: to smile in an insincere manner

smirk

noun


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