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Old English, from smēah (penetrating, acute, subtle, effective). Akin to Old English smūgan (to creep, progress gradually or deliberately), Old Norse smjúga (to creep) (>Danish smyge), Old English smygel (a burrow, place to creep into)




  1. consider, think about
  2. meditate
  3. examine, scrutinize, question
    • Lindisfarne Gospels, Mark 8:11:
      And þa ferdon ða pharisei ⁊ ongunnon mid him smeagean ⁊ tacen of heofone sohton ⁊ his fandedon;
      And the Pharisees came forth, and began to question with him, seeking of him a sign from heaven, tempting him. (KJV)
    • Lindisfarne Gospels, Mark 9:16:
      Þa ahsode he hi, hwæt smeage ge betwux eow;
      And he asked them, What question ye among yourselves?


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