\ 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.

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Why this particular piece of property is so frequently visited by these mangy, disheveled, deceitful and smirking creatures remains a mystery. Joe Soucheray, Twin Cities, "Soucheray: Don’t let the plump 3-year-old loose in the back yard unless the dog is at hand," 27 July 2019 As Ballmer yelled, Doc Rivers laughed while the team’s all-NBA players smiled and smirked, seduced by the multi-billionaire’s energy. Dan Woike, Los Angeles Times, "Column: Steve Ballmer’s energy takes center stage at Leonard and George introduction," 24 July 2019 Father Byrne smirked like a judge deciding whether to award style points. Mike Kerrigan, WSJ, "To All the Fathers in My Life, Thank You," 14 June 2019 Other than smirking a couple of times, Tarrant showed little emotion during the hearing. Nick Perry, USA TODAY, "Man accused in New Zealand mosque killings pleads not guilty," 14 June 2019 Instead of LeBron shimmying at Doris Burke during his postgame interview, Steph gets to smirk his way through clichés. Rohan Nadkarni,, "J.R. Smith Will Never Be Forgiven," 1 June 2018 The image shows the Duke of Cambridge smirking in a white button down shirt and navy suit. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince William Sent a Low-Key Hot Photo of Himself to Fans Who Wished Him Happy Birthday," 6 Nov. 2018 Amma seems to spot Camille and smirks at her before closing the door. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "Pointed Observations About Sharp Objects Episode 3," 23 July 2018 Why Verge readers might care: Justice League was the most promising of the DC movies to date, and Momoa’s Aquaman, with his rough, smirking humor and outsized version of macho, was a major part of that. Tasha Robinson, The Verge, "The Verge fall movie preview, December 2018," 7 Sep. 2018

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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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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

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