smug

adjective \ ˈsməg \

Definition of smug

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

smugly

adverb

smugness

noun

Examples of smug in a Sentence

  1. Meanwhile, supporters are smug and righteous that the person who manages the world's leading stock exchange deserves every million. —Susan LeeWall Street Journal10 Sept. 2003
  2. 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 GraverNew York Times Book Review27 May 2001
  3. 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 KiszlaESPN28 May 2001
  4. 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 PerrottaJoe College2000
  5. It's OK to celebrate your success, but try not to be too smug about it.

  6. You can wipe that smug look off your face.

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Origin and Etymology of smug

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


SMUG Defined for English Language Learners

smug

adjective

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

smug

adjective \ ˈsməg \

Definition of smug for Students

smugger; smuggest
:showing a superior attitude

smugly

adverb


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