Origin of smirkMiddle English smirken from Old English smearcian, to smile
Devon smirked when he made the final move to checkmate his father in the chess game.
- 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.
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).
- I saw my soon to be husband standing waiting for me with a smirk on his face and I took my place beside him at the alter, the world seemed a perfect place for a split second.
- The lack of background music is a little disappointing, but the "crunching" sound effect that comes out each time the worm munches on a word surely will elicit a smirk or a smile on a fairly regular basis.
- Fun and funny aren't necessarily the same costumes, but there are plenty of ideas out there to make people smirk this Halloween.
- Capture Tink's mischievous smirk or one of her engaging smiles and place the tattoo somewhere you are bound to enjoy it.
- He sauntered down Main Street, the hint of a self-satisfied smirk playing across full, pink lips.