- The definition of a smirk is a conceited or arrogant smile or facial expression.
An example of a smirk is the conceited smile you might get after you have just defeated an opponent.
- To smirk is to make a conceited and arrogant facial expression or to smile in an arrogant way.
When you give an arrogant smile after defeating your opponent, this is an example of a smirk.
Origin of smirkMiddle English smirken ; from Old English smearcian, to smile
intransitive verbsmirked, smirk·ing, smirks
Origin of smirkMiddle English smirken, from Old English smercian, to smile; see smei- in Indo-European roots.
- smirk′ing·ly, smirk′i·ly
(third-person singular simple present smirks, present participle smirking, simple past and past participle smirked)
(comparative more smirk, superlative most smirk)
Cf. Middle High German smielen/smieren (“to smile") (> obsolete, rare German schmieren).