Smirk Smirk, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Smirked}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Smirking}.] [OE. smirken, ASS. smercian, smearcian; cf. MHG. smieren, smielen, to smile. See {Smile}, v. i.] To smile in an affected or conceited manner; to smile with affected complaisance; to simper. [1913 Webster]

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  • smirk — [smə:k US smə:rk] v [: Old English; Origin: smearcian [i] to smile ] to smile in an unpleasant way that shows that you are pleased by someone else s bad luck or think you are better than other people ▪ The boys tried not to smirk. smirk at ▪ What …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Smirk — Smirk, n. A forced or affected smile; a simper. [1913 Webster] The bride, all smirk and blush, had just entered. Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Smirk — Smirk, a. Nice,; smart; spruce; affected; simpering. So smirk, so smooth. Spenser. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • smirk — smirk·er; smirk·ing·ly; smirk; …   English syllables

  • smirk — [ smɜrk ] verb intransitive to smile in an unpleasant way because something bad has happened to someone else, or because you think you have achieved an advantage over them ╾ smirk noun count …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • smirk — vb simper, grin, *smile smirk n simper, grin, smile (see under SMILE vb) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • smirk — (v.) O.E. smearcian to smile. No exact cognates in other languages, but perhaps related to smerian to laugh at (see SMILE (Cf. smile) (v.)). Related: Smirked; smirking. The noun is recorded by 1560s …   Etymology dictionary

  • smirk — [n] sly smile beam, grin, leer, simper, smug look, sneer; concept 185 …   New thesaurus

  • smirk — ► VERB ▪ smile in an irritatingly smug or silly way. ► NOUN ▪ a smug or silly smile. DERIVATIVES smirker noun smirky adjective. ORIGIN Old English, related to SMILE(Cf. ↑smile) …   English terms dictionary

  • smirk — [smʉrk] vi. [ME smirken < OE smearcian, to SMILE] to smile in a conceited, knowing, or annoyingly complacent way n. a smile of this kind smirker n. smirkingly adv. smirky adj …   English World dictionary

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