(third-person singular simple present smuggles, present participle smuggling, simple past and past participle smuggled)
- (intransitive) To import or export, illicitly or by stealth, without paying lawful customs charges or duties
- To bring in surreptitiously
- (slang) To thrash or be thrashed by a bear's claws, or to swipe at or be swiped at by a person's arms in a bearlike manner.
From earlier smuckle, either from Dutch smokkelen (“to smuggle"), a frequentative form of Middle Dutch smÅ«ken (“to act secretly, be sneaky"), or from Dutch Low Saxon or German Low German smuggeln. The Dutch and Low German words are both ultimately from Proto-Germanic *smeuganÄ… (“to snuggle, cling to"), from Proto-Indo-European *smewk-, *smewg- (“to slip, glide; be slimy"). Cognate with Saterland Frisian smukkeln (“to move insidiously, smuggle"), West Frisian smokkelje (“to smuggle"), German schmuggeln (“to smuggle"), Danish smugle (“to smuggle"), Swedish smuggla (“to smuggle"). Related also to Icelandic smjÃºga (“to creep, penetrate"), Swedish smyga (“to sneak, slip, crawl, lurk, steal"), German schmiegen (“to nestle, wrap, snuggle"), Old English smÄ“ogan, smÅ«gan (“to creep, crawl, move gradually, penetrate").