Smuggle Definition

smuggled, smuggles, smuggling
To bring into a country (a prohibited item) secretively and intentionally, in violation of the law.
American Heritage
To bring into or take out of a country secretly, under illegal conditions or without paying the required import or export duties.
Webster's New World
To practice smuggling; be a smuggler.
Webster's New World
To bring, take, carry, etc. secretly or stealthily.
Webster's New World
(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.

Origin of Smuggle

  • 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 smjúga (“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").

    From Wiktionary

  • Probably Low German smukkeln, smuggeln or Middle Dutch smokkelen

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

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