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.
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.).