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[smuhg-uh l] /ˈsmʌg əl/
verb (used with object), smuggled, smuggling.
to import or export (goods) secretly, in violation of the law, especially without payment of legal duty.
to bring, take, put, etc., surreptitiously:
She smuggled the gun into the jail inside a cake.
verb (used without object), smuggled, smuggling.
to import, export, or convey goods surreptitiously or in violation of the law.
Origin of smuggle
1680-90; < Low German smuggeln; cognate with German schmuggeln
Related forms
smuggler, noun
antismuggling, adjective
unsmuggled, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for smuggle
  • It has details regarding the lengths the prisoners went to smuggle in cyanide, among other things.
  • No one, he decided, has the right to smuggle antiquities.
  • Big families push tables together, community groups hold casual meetings, toddlers smuggle in dolls and toy racecars.
  • The vehicles, it turned out, were being used to smuggle gasoline.
  • He said he could convert cash into gold and smuggle it out of the country in special shipping containers.
  • Imagine that they obtained backing from sympathizers around the world and that they began to smuggle weapons into the territory.
  • In one scheme workers smuggle trussed homing pigeons out to the mining areas in lunch boxes.
  • Visitors sometimes do smuggle in contraband, and inmates don't have to have contract visits.
  • They would smuggle it into our too-porous ports, or across one of our permeable borders.
  • The fact that the treasured gems are small, valuable, and so easy to transport makes them a ideal items to smuggle.
British Dictionary definitions for smuggle


to import or export (prohibited or dutiable goods) secretly
(transitive; often foll by into or out of) to bring or take secretly, as against the law or rules
(transitive) foll by away. to conceal; hide
Derived Forms
smuggler, noun
smuggling, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Low German smukkelen and Dutch smokkelen, perhaps from Old English smūgen to creep; related to Old Norse smjūga
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Word Origin and History for smuggle

"import or export secretly and contrary to law," 1680s, of Low German or Dutch origin (see smuggler). Related: Smuggled; smuggling.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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