An example of smug is a man with six pack abs showing them off to any and every one.
- Archaic neat, spruce, trim, etc.
- narrowly contented with one's own accomplishments, beliefs, morality, etc.; self-satisfied to an annoying degree; complacent
Origin of smugprobably from Low German smuk, trim, neat, akin to German schmuck, neat: for Indo-European base see smock
Origin of smugPerhaps akin to Low German smuck neat from Middle Low German from smucken to adorn
(comparative smugger, superlative smuggest)
(third-person singular simple present smugs, present participle smugging, simple past and past participle smugged)
- (obsolete) To make smug, or spruce.
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
From Middle Low German smuk (“neat, trim, spruce, elegant, fair"), from Middle High German gesmuc (“ornament"), from smÃ¼cken (“to ornament, adorn, originally to dress"), a secondary form of Middle High German smiegen (“to creep into, hence to put on (a garment)"); see smock.