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smug

[smuhg] /smʌg/
adjective, smugger, smuggest.
1.
contentedly confident of one's ability, superiority, or correctness; complacent.
2.
trim; spruce; smooth; sleek.
Origin
1545-1555
1545-55; perhaps < Middle Dutch smuc neat, pretty, nice
Related forms
smugly, adverb
smugness, noun
unsmug, adjective
unsmugly, adverb
unsmugness, noun
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  • 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.
  • Buckley is great fun to be with, even when one does not share his smugly offered religious and political views.
British Dictionary definitions for smugly

smug

/smʌɡ/
adjective smugger, smuggest
1.
excessively self-satisfied or complacent
2.
(archaic) trim or neat
Derived Forms
smugly, adverb
smugness, noun
Word Origin
C16: of Germanic origin; compare Low German smuck neat
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Word Origin and History for smugly

smug

adj.

1550s, "trim, neat, spruce, smart," possibly an alteration of Low German smuk "trim, neat," from Middle Low German smücken "to adorn" (originally "to dress," secondary sense of words meaning "to creep or slip into"), from the same source as smock. The meaning "having a self-satisfied air" is from 1701, an extension of the sense of "smooth, sleek" (1580s), which was commonly used of attractive women and girls. Related: Smugly; smugness.

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