smug·​gler | \ ˈsmə-glər How to pronounce smuggler (audio) \
plural smugglers

Definition of smuggler

: one who smuggles something The traffic in drugs—especially cocaine—to Florida by sea and air from South America has been generating wealth to rival that of the tourist trade and attracting a cadre of ingenious and ruthless smugglers from around the world.— Jeremiah Tax In nearby Nogales smugglers tunnel 6 ft. under the border and funnel people through.— Terry McCarthy Officials in Paraguay raided a wildlife smuggling operation in its capital city, Asunción, on March 25, recovering two critically endangered Brazilian parrots, which Paraguayan smugglers had hoped to sell in West Germany for $40,000.Focus

First Known Use of smuggler

1661, in the meaning defined above

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“Smuggler.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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