(comparative smugger, superlative smuggest)
- Irritatingly pleased with oneself; self-satisfied.
- Kate looked extremely smug this morning.
- De Quincey
- the smug and scanty draperies of his style
- Beaumont and Fletcher
- A young, smug, handsome holiness has no fellow.
(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 The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.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.