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smuggle

[smuhg-uh l] /ˈsmʌg əl/
verb (used with object), smuggled, smuggling.
1.
to import or export (goods) secretly, in violation of the law, especially without payment of legal duty.
2.
to bring, take, put, etc., surreptitiously:
She smuggled the gun into the jail inside a cake.
verb (used without object), smuggled, smuggling.
3.
to import, export, or convey goods surreptitiously or in violation of the law.
Origin
1680-1690
1680-90; < Low German smuggeln; cognate with German schmuggeln
Related forms
smuggler, noun
antismuggling, adjective
unsmuggled, adjective
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Examples from the web for smuggler
  • There are probably many law-abiding people willing to pay for a legitimate visa who would never pay a smuggler.
  • Others accused him of being a smuggler and a grave robber and denied him bread and water.
  • Mules carry contraband across a border control for a smuggler.
  • The smuggler is often nowhere to be found, and the courier is left to face alone all criminal liability.
  • The smuggler is spending two years in a federal prison.
  • The second type is the commercial smuggler which includes structured or organized groups.
British Dictionary definitions for smuggler

smuggle

/ˈsmʌɡəl/
verb
1.
to import or export (prohibited or dutiable goods) secretly
2.
(transitive; often foll by into or out of) to bring or take secretly, as against the law or rules
3.
(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 smuggler
n.

1660s, from Low German smuggeln or Dutch smokkelen "to transport (goods) illegally," apparently a frequentative formation of a word meaning "to sneak" (from Proto-Germanic *smuganan; cf. Dutch smuigen "to eat secretly;" Swedish smyg "a lurking-hole," Danish smughandel "contraband trade," Norwegian smjuga, Old English smeogan "to creep"), perhaps literally "to slip (contraband through)," from Proto-Germanic *(s)muk- (see smock).

smuggle

v.

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

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