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smug

[smuhg] /smʌg/
adjective, smugger, smuggest.
1.
contentedly confident of one's ability, superiority, or correctness; complacent.
2.
trim; spruce; smooth; sleek.
Origin
1545-1555
1545-55; perhaps < Middle Dutch smuc neat, pretty, nice
Related forms
smugly, adverb
smugness, noun
unsmug, adjective
unsmugly, adverb
unsmugness, noun
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Examples from the web for smug
  • There is something wry about that little smile in the mountains, something smug and self-congratulatory.
  • And you happy couples out there who somehow escaped relationships that ended badly, don't get smug.
  • Maybe you won your league anyway, you smug little.
British Dictionary definitions for smug

smug

/smʌɡ/
adjective smugger, smuggest
1.
excessively self-satisfied or complacent
2.
(archaic) trim or neat
Derived Forms
smugly, adverb
smugness, noun
Word Origin
C16: of Germanic origin; compare Low German smuck neat
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Word Origin and History for smug
adj.

1550s, "trim, neat, spruce, smart," possibly an alteration of Low German smuk "trim, neat," from Middle Low German smücken "to adorn" (originally "to dress," secondary sense of words meaning "to creep or slip into"), from the same source as smock. The meaning "having a self-satisfied air" is from 1701, an extension of the sense of "smooth, sleek" (1580s), which was commonly used of attractive women and girls. Related: Smugly; smugness.

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