smirky

adjective
\ ˈsmər-kē How to pronounce smirky (audio) \
smirkier; smirkiest

Definition of smirky

: that smirks : smirking In [Michael] Keaton's hands, they felt, Batman would become a smirky wisenheimer.— Bill Zehme

Examples of smirky in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Jean Smart is a playful presence as Laurie, a smirky mask-hating bull in everybody else’s my-costume-is-my-pathology china shop. Darren Franich, EW.com, "Watchmen is a high-energy American saga of racial terrorism and masked identity. It ain't boring.," 15 Oct. 2019 Such a perspective could so easily lean toward smirky voyeurism or cloying cuteness. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "Review: In ‘Inanimate,’ a Forbidden Love Dares to Speak Its Name," 30 Aug. 2017 His go-to weapons — the smirky sarcasm, the barbed comebacks, the vicious politeness — seem uniquely designed to drive his sparring partners nuts, frequently making for terrific television. Vanityfair.com, VanityFair.com, "The New York Times," 24 Feb. 2017 His go-to weapons — the smirky sarcasm, the barbed comebacks, the vicious politeness — seem uniquely designed to drive his sparring partners nuts, frequently making for terrific television. The Hive, "The Hard Truth about The New York Times’ Anti-Trump Campaign," 24 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of smirky

1728, in the meaning defined above

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“Smirky.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/smirky. Accessed 22 Feb. 2020.

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