Smug meaning

smŭg
Exhibiting or feeling great or offensive satisfaction with oneself or with one's situation; self-righteously complacent.

A smug look; a smug critic.

adjective
5
2
Narrowly contented with one's own accomplishments, beliefs, morality, etc.; self-satisfied to an annoying degree; complacent.
adjective
4
1
Irritatingly pleased with oneself; self-satisfied.

Kate looked extremely smug this morning.

adjective
3
1
The definition of smug is the showing of extreme satisfaction with oneself.

An example of smug is a man with six pack abs showing them off to any and every one.

adjective
3
2
(archaic) Neat, spruce, trim, etc.
adjective
3
2
Advertisement
De Quincey.

The smug and scanty draperies of his style.

adjective
1
1
Beaumont and Fletcher.

A young, smug, handsome holiness has no fellow.

adjective
1
1
(obsolete) To make smug, or spruce.
verb
1
1
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 The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
verb
1
1

Origin of smug

  • 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

  • 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