He laughed, shook his head, and smirked his way to victory over Paul Ryan.
But by the 1990s, Brosnan smirked his way into sexual parody and invisible missile-loaded cars received top billing.
Rome smirked, chided Everett some more, and when Everett dared him to call him "Chris" to his face again, Rome did.
Old English smearcian "to smile." No exact cognates in other languages, but probably related to smerian "to laugh at, scorn," from Proto-Germanic *smer-, *smar-, variant of PIE *smei- "to smile;" see smile (v.), which after c.1500 gradually restricted smirk to the unpleasant sense "smile affectedly; grin in a malicious or smug way." In some 18c. glossaries smirk is still simply "to smile." Related: Smirked; smirking. The noun is recorded by 1560s.
1550s, from smirk (v.).