As you can imagine,” he smirked, “I was extraordinarily popular with the public employee unions.
He laughed, shook his head, and smirked his way to victory over Paul Ryan.
Protected by the rule of double jeopardy, they smirked as they admitted their guilt to a journalist a few months later.
But by the 1990s, Brosnan smirked his way into sexual parody and invisible missile-loaded cars received top billing.
"I'm probably being too hard on the president," she smirked.
He stood, a thick-set resolute figure, in the glare of the lanterns, while Sharkey bowed and smirked before him.
He smirked in a self-deprecating way, and pulled his hat-brim down in front.
Miss Mackenzie smirked and smiled, and assured Miss Todd that she was very glad to see her.
For somewhat too broadly had Bell smirked his sanctity on me.
The Nazi gave him a long, hard stare, and then smirked broadly.
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.).