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
These broad, smug generalizations are not only on the left, of course.
The Sixers appropriately responded to the video with the smug smiling emoji.
Vibe: Creating a mix and feeling smug about your taste.
For the first few seasons of Thrones, Varys had the smug satisfaction of knowing what was going on everywhere, thanks to his intricate network of Little Birds.
GOP senators looked smug as Democrats tried in vain to even talk about their objections to the bill.
And then there's that shot of Littlefinger looking all smug and smirky.
While far too much of the film is staged discussion and smug political jousting, there is savage and lethal black irony.
That willingness to sign is important because a fan's memory of a player being friendly even for just a moment vs. someone who is smug and condescending goes a long way.
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Origin and Etymology of smug
First Known Use: 1551See Words from the same year
Synonymsassured, biggety (or biggity) [Southern & Midland], bigheaded, complacent, consequential, egoistic (also egoistical), egotistic (or egotistical), important, overweening, pompous, prideful, proud, self-conceited, self-important, self-opinionated, self-satisfied, conceited, stuck-up, swellheaded, vain, vainglorious
Antonymsegoless, humble, modest, uncomplacent
Related Wordsblusterous, blustery, boastful, bombastic, braggart, bragging, braggy, cocky, swaggering; arrogant, assumptive, bumptious, cavalier, chesty, disdainful, fastuous, haughty, high-and-mighty, high-hat, huffy, lofty, lordly, masterful, peremptory, pontifical, self-asserting, self-assertive, snobbish, snobby, snooty, supercilious, superior, toplofty (also toploftical), uppish, uppity; domineering, high-handed, imperious; highfalutin (also hifalutin), holier-than-thou, pretentious; overconfident, presuming, presumptuous; confident, self-assured, self-confident; self-adulatory, self-congratulatory, self-contented, self-gratulatory; self-applauding, self-dramatizing, self-glorifying, self-promoting; self-affected, self-centered, self-engrossed, selfish; condescending, patronizing
Near Antonymsdiffident, self-critical, self-distrustful, self-doubting, self-reproachful, self-reproving; meek, timid, unassertive; down-to-earth, unarrogant, unassuming, unpretentious; bashful, demure, introverted, mousy (or mousey), overmodest, retiring, sheepish, shrinking, shy
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.
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Definition of smug for Students
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