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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.
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 smuggled
  • Grey parrots crammed into a travel crate and smuggled to emerging markets.
  • The same technology could be used to detecting smuggled drugs or airborne pollutants.
  • The film smuggled its politics in under the guise of two happy-go-lucky gals taking a road trip together.
  • Possibly they had earlier smuggled in supplies in preparation for a long siege.
  • Much of the diary had been written in blank account books smuggled from her office.
  • Atomic bombs can be put on aircraft or even smuggled in ships.
  • Border customs agents are on the look out for many things: illegal drugs, stolen goods, smuggled liquor and sometimes even people.
  • And these are his last smuggled dispatches, made all the more poignant for their finality.
  • The smuggled alien and several others managed to escape their captors who were all armed.
  • In other cases the money is transported to a nearby airport or seaport before being smuggled out of the country.
British Dictionary definitions for smuggled


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 smuggled



"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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