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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 smuggling
  • They want the tech, but in reality they would likely stoop to terrorism by smuggling a nuke though a porous border or coastline.
  • The ongoing conflict means that rampant looting of sites and smuggling of artifacts continue virtually unchecked.
  • Evidence shows that smuggling has decreased through better law enforcement and by curbing the tobacco industry's own activities.
  • It stands accused of supporting cigarette smuggling.
  • Illegal migration, arms trafficking and drug smuggling are a problem everywhere.
  • Unlike legitimate dealers, they run smuggling networks and take metals across borders to sell them.
  • Prosecutors blamed a clash between federal and state law on arms smuggling.
  • Some rebels occupy border zones and profit from smuggling everyday goods that are subject to high tariffs.
  • The varied terrain provides a haven for drug smuggling and makes it rather difficult to travel freely from village to village.
  • Some are even taught to detect currency, which can tip authorities off to smuggling activity.
British Dictionary definitions for smuggling


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 smuggling



"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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