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
The tabloids reported on it with a mix of smug derision and hollow lament.
To continue reading this story, TRY IT NOW In court Thursday, the bearded, glass-wearing A’Hearn looked much different than the bald-shaven, smug youth who was arrested in February 2017.
Not enough violence to satisfy Arlo Sabian (Patch Darragh), the smug chief of staff, certainly.
In other hands the film might have been a smug fable of virtuous hippies—not just tree-huggers but tree-dwellers—versus straight, rigid society.
Like the charismatic axolotl, this amphibian’s limbs are adorably stubby for its size, and a smug smile constantly plays at the corners of its slimy black mouth.
In Cape Town, though, this desire translated into dictatorial, smug, and detached behavior, a deep distrust, and even rejection, of solutions that came from the public.
Ustvolskaya was, in this playing, unfailingly grim but never icy or smug.
Maybe that’s enlightenment enough: to know that there is no final resting place of the mind; no moment of smug clarity.
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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
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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