adjective (smugger; smuggest) Etymology: probably modification of Low German smuck neat, from Middle Low German, from smucken to dress; akin to Old English smoc smock Date: 1551 1. trim or smart in dress ; spruce 2. scrupulously clean, neat, or correct ; tidy 3. highly self-satisfied • smugly adverbsmugness noun

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  • smug — smug·gle; smug·gle·able; smug·gler; smug·ly; smug·ness; smug; …   English syllables

  • Smug — Smug, a. [Of. Scand. or Low German origin; cf. LG. smuck, G. schmuck, Dan. smuk, OSw. smuck, sm[ o]ck, and E. smock, smuggle; cf. G. schmuck ornament. See {Smock}.] Studiously neat or nice, especially in dress; spruce; affectedly precise; smooth… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • smug — [smʌg] adj [Date: 1500 1600; Origin: Probably from Low German smuck pretty ] showing too much satisfaction with your own cleverness or success used to show disapproval smug about ▪ What are you looking so smug about? smug… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • smug — [ smʌg ] adjective too satisfied with your abilities or achievements. This word shows that you dislike people like this: a smug expression/face/smile ╾ smug|ly adverb ╾ smug|ness noun uncount …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Smug — Smug, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Smugged}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Smugging}.] To make smug, or spruce. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Thus said, he smugged his beard, and stroked up fair. Dryton. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • smug — smug: i smug (i det skjulte) …   Dansk ordbog

  • smug — [smug] adj. smugger, smuggest [prob. < LowG smuk, trim, neat, akin to Ger schmuck, neat: for IE base see SMOCK] 1. Archaic neat, spruce, trim, etc. 2. narrowly contented with one s own accomplishments, beliefs, morality, etc.; self satisfied… …   English World dictionary

  • smug — index complacent, pretentious (pompous) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • smug — (adj.) 1550s, trim, neat, spruce, smart, possibly an alteration of Low Ger. smuk trim, neat, from M.L.G. smücken to adorn, and smiegen to press close (see SMOCK (Cf. smock)). The meaning having a self satisfied air is from 1701, an extension of… …   Etymology dictionary

  • smug — self complacent, self satisfied, priggish, *complacent Analogous words: self respecting, self esteeming, self admiring (see base words under REGARD n): Pharisaical, sanctimonious, hypocritical (see under HYPOCRISY) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • smug- — *smug germ.?, Verb: nhd. nebeln; ne. fog (Verb); Etymologie: s. ing. *smeuk , *meuk , *smeug , *meug , *smeugʰ , *meugʰ , Verb …   Germanisches Wörterbuch

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