smug

adjective
\ ˈsməg How to pronounce smug (audio) \
smugger; smuggest

Definition of smug

1 : highly self-satisfied
2 : trim or smart in dress : spruce
3 : scrupulously clean, neat, or correct : tidy

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Other Words from smug

smugly adverb
smugness noun

Examples of smug in a Sentence

Meanwhile, supporters are smug and righteous that the person who manages the world's leading stock exchange deserves every million. — Susan Lee, Wall Street Journal, 10 Sept. 2003 Alice Norcross Pratt, a local stay-at-home mom, is portrayed as smug and pious, yet we also see glimmers of her hidden longings. — Elizabeth Graver, New York Times Book Review, 27 May 2001 Once, Roy dared shooters to beat him with a shot between his legs. Now, he no longer passes out such smug invitations. The goalie who transformed the butterfly technique into an art form has humbly decided to keep his skates a little closer together … — Mark Kiszla, ESPN, 28 May 2001 She was tall and beautiful and multilingual and fiercely opinionated. One of her opinions held that the rags that passed for literary magazines on campus were so smug and tame and insular that it was hopeless to even try to reform them; they simply needed to be replaced. — Tom Perrotta, Joe College, 2000 It's OK to celebrate your success, but try not to be too smug about it. You can wipe that smug look off your face. See More
Recent Examples on the Web After all, Peyton Manning is no stranger to being smug. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, 19 May 2022 As for the stars, Benedict Cumberbatch shines as the usually confident and sometimes smug Strange and even dives deeper into the emotions and intentions beneath the hero in this installment. Scott King, Forbes, 5 May 2022 Palmer made thousands of pictures of plantations in the South with smug disregard for his subjects’ agency or context. Murray Whyte, BostonGlobe.com, 21 Apr. 2022 This contrasts with the smug, generational entitlement seen in social-justice movies. Armond White, National Review, 20 Apr. 2022 That sound was designed to blow away the likes of Joni Mitchell and Neil Young, Jackson Browne, etc., the Seventies’ Laurel Canyon bards who had become rich, self-satisfied, and politically smug. Armond White, National Review, 2 Feb. 2022 Then, there's the sassy and smug First Order Lieutenant Harman Croy, who boards the ship with his stormtroopers shortly after the journey begins. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 25 Feb. 2022 Big Bug outstrips the smug cynicism of Spike Jonze’s artificial-intelligence romance Her by recognizing the horror of technological advancement, the mistakes of scientific progress. Armond White, National Review, 23 Feb. 2022 The decision follows a trial last month in which Shkreli, a former hedge fund manager who quickly became reviled for his smug responses to an outraged public, was accused by a group of federal and state authorities for stifling competition. Ed Silverman, STAT, 19 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of smug

1551, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for smug

probably modification of Low German smuck neat, from Middle Low German, from smucken to dress; akin to Old English smoc smock

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25 May 2022

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“Smug.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/smug. Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for smug

smug

adjective
\ ˈsməg How to pronounce smug (audio) \
smugger; smuggest

Kids Definition of smug

: showing a superior attitude

Other Words from smug

smugly adverb

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