Then they stood in front of the chalkboard, smug and self-satisfied.
Not only does the failure of even humble families drive political power into the hands of a smug and self-entitled elite.
America deserves a better answer than this smug selfishness.
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.