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
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.
Creative, unique and triumphant over the smug mean-girls clique that mocked and hazed them during their 1980s adolescence.
The memorable titular story caused a stir when it was first published in The New Yorker—the smug yuppie couple at its core was so vividly and realistically rendered that most New Yorkers feared that the story was based on them.
Trump was caught on video, with a smug and arrogant look on his face, pushing Dusko Markovic, leader of Montenegro, to position himself in front for a group photo at the NATO summit.
Camp plays the cross-dressing, struggling writer Owen with a private vulnerability, shrewdly contrasted with smug public brashness.
But this version of Gilbert (played by Lucas Jade Zumann, who was so endearingly earnest in 2016’s 20th Century Women) is a smug-yet-woke little lothario.
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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
First Known Use: 1551See Words from the same year
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.
SMUG Defined for Kids
Definition of smug for Students
: showing a superior attitude
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