Smug Definition

smŭg
smugger, smuggest
adjective
smugger, smuggest
Neat, spruce, trim, etc.
Webster's New World
Narrowly contented with one's own accomplishments, beliefs, morality, etc.; self-satisfied to an annoying degree; complacent.
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De Quincey.
The smug and scanty draperies of his style.
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Beaumont and Fletcher.
A young, smug, handsome holiness has no fellow.
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verb

(obsolete) To make smug, or spruce.

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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 The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
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Other Word Forms of Smug

Adjective

Base Form:
smug
Comparative:
smugger
Superlative:
smuggest

Origin of Smug

  • From Middle Low German smuk (“neat, trim, spruce, elegant, fair"), from Middle High German gesmuc (“ornament"), from smücken (“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.

    From Wiktionary

  • Perhaps akin to Low German smuck neat from Middle Low German from smucken to adorn

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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