adjective, smugger, smuggest.
contentedly confident of one's ability, superiority, or correctness; complacent.
trim; spruce; smooth; sleek.

1545–55; perhaps < Middle Dutch smuc neat, pretty, nice

smugly, adverb
smugness, noun
unsmug, adjective
unsmugly, adverb
unsmugness, noun Unabridged
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smug (smʌɡ)
adj , smugger, smuggest
1.  excessively self-satisfied or complacent
2.  archaic trim or neat
[C16: of Germanic origin; compare Low German smuck neat]

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Word Origin & History

1551, "trim, neat, spruce, smart," possibly an alteration of Low Ger. smuk "trim, neat," from M.L.G. smücken "to adorn," and smiegen "to press close" (see smock). The meaning "having a self-satisfied air" is from 1701, an extension of the sense of "smooth, sleek" (1582),
which was commonly used of attractive women and girls.
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Example sentences
Intellectuals should not be smugly theorizing endless war, much less
  confidently promoting and excusing it.
If you grabbed both of them in the middle rounds, you are probably smiling
  smugly right about now.
Biologists, smugly, think they have found one already.
But the smugly professional gerontologist's evenhandedness soon dissipates.
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