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
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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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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