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.
Recent Examples of smug from the Web
Those of you whose day jobs and waking hours don’t involve long stretches of staring at a screen are excused from reading this and even allowed to feel smug.
Hold the smug liberal outrage, however, because these aren’t strictly Republican policy priorities.
Here’s a typical — and delightfully smug — example of the form from Republican political strategist Anthony Pedicini: But thing is, the NRA doesn’t have to.
No matter how smug the person, everyone needs a little sofa anchor time to recharge—and if said recharging just so happens to fall on February 14 alongside yah sweetie, so be it.
Beyond the coded language, as the two men brainstorm ways to mitigate or eschew black political power, a smug and mocking tone permeates the conversation.
The smug one proclaims the greatness of his parents.
Your ticket includes food, drinks, and the smug satisfaction of officially being more in-the-know than any of your friends.
On smoldering hot days, Rob Patto derives smug satisfaction knowing that the same sun that keeps him huddled indoors is also cooling his home.
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Origin and Etymology of smug
First Known Use: 1551See Words from the same year
assured, bigheaded, complacent, conceited, consequential, egoistic (also egoistical), egotistic (or egotistical), important, overweening, pompous, prideful, proud, self-conceited, self-important, self-opinionated, self-satisfied, stuck-up, swellheaded, vain, vainglorious;
arrogant, bumptious, cavalier, chesty, disdainful, haughty, high-and-mighty, high-hat, huffy, lofty, lordly, masterful, pontifical, self-asserting, self-assertive, snobbish, snobby, snooty, supercilious, superior, toplofty (also toploftical), uppish, uppity;
SMUG Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of smug for English Language Learners
: having or showing the annoying quality of people who feel very pleased or satisfied with their abilities, achievements, etc.
SMUG Defined for Kids
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