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smirk

[smurk] /smɜrk/
verb (used without object)
1.
to smile in an affected, smug, or offensively familiar way.
noun
2.
the facial expression of a person who smirks.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English smirken (v.), Old English sme(a)rcian
Related forms
smirker, noun
smirkingly, adverb
unsmirking, adjective
unsmirkingly, adverb
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Examples from the web for smirking
  • He is standing before a firing squad with a cigar clamped between his teeth and not smiling, exactly, but smirking.
  • At forty he still has something of the smirking manner of the high school wise guy.
  • The problem was that a smirking sense of humor can, shockingly, come across as obnoxious.
British Dictionary definitions for smirking

smirk

/smɜːk/
noun
1.
a smile expressing scorn, smugness, etc, rather than pleasure
verb
2.
(intransitive) to give such a smile
3.
(transitive) to express with such a smile
Derived Forms
smirker, noun
smirking, adjective
smirkingly, adverb
Word Origin
Old English smearcian; related to smer derision, Old High German bismer contempt, bismerōn to scorn
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Word Origin and History for smirking

smirk

v.

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.

n.

1550s, from smirk (v.).

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