smirk

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Etymology[edit]

Cf. Middle High German smielen/smieren (to smile) ( > obsolete, rare German schmieren).

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Noun[edit]

A smirk.

smirk (plural smirks)

  1. An uneven, often crooked smile that is insolent, self-satisfied or scornful.
  2. A forced or affected smile; a simper.
    • Sir Walter Scott
      The bride, all smirk and blush, had just entered.

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Verb[edit]

smirk (third-person singular simple present smirks, present participle smirking, simple past and past participle smirked)

  1. To smile in a way that is affected, smug, insolent or contemptuous.

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Adjective[edit]

smirk (comparative more smirk, superlative most smirk)

  1. (obsolete) smart; spruce; affected; simpering
    • Spenser
      So smirk, so smooth.