Smuggle meaning

smŭgəl
To smuggle is to move someone or something illegally or without following proper procedure or protocol.

When you sneak immigrants across the border in the back of your vehicle under some blankets, this is an example of when you smuggle.

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To engage in smuggling.
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To bring in or take out illicitly or by stealth.

Smuggled homemade popcorn into the theater.

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To bring into or take out of a country secretly, under illegal conditions or without paying the required import or export duties.
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To bring, take, carry, etc. secretly or stealthily.
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To practice smuggling; be a smuggler.
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(intransitive) To import or export, illicitly or by stealth, without paying lawful customs charges or duties.
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To bring in surreptitiously.
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(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.
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Origin of smuggle

  • Probably Low German smukkeln, smuggeln or Middle Dutch smokkelen

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

  • 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").

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