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
At least Harris, a former prosecutor and potentially a Democratic candidate for president in 2020, had the smarts and the style to smirk a bit.
As the Chiefs prepared to head onto the practice field for the first of three mandatory minicamp practices Tuesday, Alex Smith locked eyes with Eric Berry and smirked.
The bloop dropped into shallow left field, and after rolling into second base easily, Dickerson smirked and shook his head.
The lawsuit states a judicial assistant smirked while Edelstein was fired a few days later.
Dan DeLuca smirks soulfully as Jimmy Smith, the man whom Millie can't admit to loving.
The original, starring Clint Eastwood, Geraldine Page, and Elizabeth Hartman, unleashes a wild vortex of destructive eroticism while also smirking at the soldier’s cocksure authority.
Sparks-Henderson repeatedly smirked as Delray Johnson spoke directly to him.
But Cicmanec found a different scene: a girl in a scouting uniform, arms stretched wide across a banner that proclaimed the worth of every child, smirking at a bald man's tirade.
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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 centurySee Words from the same year
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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