He floats silently in the background, smirking at his children while he relights his pipe.
Maria is the first “political criminal” in the family, she says, smirking between puffs of her cigarette.
This is hard,” he tells a small, smirking crowd in Venice, Calif. “I feel a lot of judgment.
Well, I don't know the exact number, George,” Pawlenty replied, smirking, “but I—you know, there were several years, I believe.
No character this year is more volatile and unpredictable; you never know what the hunched-over, smirking Quell will do next.
"The post has only this moment come in," says the smirking commissioner.
"Fifteen cents, lady," said the peddler, smirking as he raised his price.
Evidently he believed himself irresistible, and his smirking, posing, and ogling were ludicrous to the last degree.
I think I see him now,—in a waistcoat that had been mine,—smirking along as if he knew me.
But the smirking Humphreys moved toward her, speaking soothingly, and assuring her that there was some mistake.
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.).