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
Look at that quick cutaway during the baby shower to the men who run Gilead, smirking and shooting and just generally being supremely smug and satisfied with themselves.
Unfortunately, Taleb is also a snide, smug, one-size-fits-all ideologue.
Yes, Twitter was still enjoying smug giggles over candid shots of Barack Obama and Melania Trump exchanging smiles, but this dysfunctional family photo wielded a strange power over the snark armies.
What briefly follows is the fun of watching the movie’s two most smug, self-satisfied people get on each other’s nerves.
But Saturday should provide an intriguing matchup for an FC Cincinnati side that churns out goal-scoring chances but has struggled to score, and a Pittsburgh group that seems smug with simply preventing opponents from scoring.
These days, however, the image of Cosby, a perpetually smiling dad who fancied colorful knit sweaters, has been replaced with that of a smug old man.
When news of an enormous Facebook breach broke last month, Chris Wellens couldn’t help feeling a little smug.
There’s a smug complacency with which these movies preach a message ostensibly meant to set the world passionately ablaze.
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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
: 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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