smug

  • 1 smug — smug·gle; smug·gle·able; smug·gler; smug·ly; smug·ness; smug; …

    English syllables

  • 2 smug´ly — smug «smuhg», adjective, smug|ger, smug|gest. 1. too pleased with one s own goodness, cleverness, respectability, or accomplishments; self satisfied; complacent: »Nothing disturbs the smug beliefs of some prim, narrow minded people …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 3 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

  • 4 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

  • 5 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

  • 6 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

  • 7 smug — smug: i smug (i det skjulte) …

    Dansk ordbog

  • 8 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

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

    Law dictionary

  • 10 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

  • 11 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

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

    Germanisches Wörterbuch

  • 13 smug — [adj] pleased with oneself complacent, conceited, egoistic, egotistical, holier thanthou*, hotshot*, pompous, priggish, puffed up*, self contented, self righteous, self satisfied, snobbish, stuck on oneself*, stuck up*, stuffy, superior,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 14 smug — ► ADJECTIVE (smugger, smuggest) ▪ irritatingly pleased with oneself; self satisfied. DERIVATIVES smugly adverb smugness noun. ORIGIN originally in the sense «neat, spruce»; from Low German smuk pretty …

    English terms dictionary

  • 15 smug — adj. VERBS ▪ appear, be, feel, look, seem, sound ▪ get ▪ Now don t get smug just because you ve won a couple of games …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 16 smug — [[t]smʌg[/t]] adj. smug•ger, smug•gest 1) contentedly confident of one s ability, superiority, or correctness; complacent 2) trim; spruce; smooth; sleek • Etymology: 1545–55; perh. < MD smuc neat, pretty, nice smug′ly, adv. smug′ness, n …

    From formal English to slang

  • 17 smug — UK [smʌɡ] / US adjective Word forms smug : adjective smug comparative smugger superlative smuggest showing disapproval too satisfied with your abilities or achievements. This word shows that you dislike people like this a smug… …

    English dictionary

  • 18 smug — [[t]smʌ̱g[/t]] ADJ GRADED (disapproval) If you say that someone is smug, you are criticizing the fact they seem very pleased with how good, clever, or lucky they are. Thomas and his wife looked at each other in smug satisfaction. Derived words:… …

    English dictionary

  • 19 smug — adjective smugger, smuggest showing too much satisfaction with your own cleverness or success: “I knew I d win,” she said with a smug smile. | What are you looking so smug about? smugly adverb: Simon sat back smugly as Gould left the room.… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 20 smug — smugly, adv. smugness, n. /smug/, adj., smugger, smuggest. 1. contentedly confident of one s ability, superiority, or correctness; complacent. 2. trim; spruce; smooth; sleek. [1545 55; perh. < MD smuc neat, pretty, nice] * * * …

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