- smerk (dated)
From Middle English smirken, from Old English smercian, smearcian (“to smile, smirk”), corresponding to smerian + -cian (English -k), the former element from Proto-Germanic *smarōną (“to mock, scoff at”), and the latter from Proto-Germanic *-kōną. Compare Middle High German smielen/smieren (“to smile”) ( > obsolete, rare German schmieren).
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /smɜːk/
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- (General American) IPA(key): /smɝk/
- Rhymes: -ɜː(ɹ)k
smirk (plural smirks)
- An uneven, often crooked smile that is insolent, self-satisfied or scornful.
- A forced or affected smile.
- (obsolete) smart; spruce; affected; simpering
- 1579, Immeritô [pseudonym; Edmund Spenser], “Februarie. Aegloga Se[c]unda.”, in The Shepheardes Calender: […], London: […] Hugh Singleton, […], OCLC 606515406; republished as The Shepheardes Calender […], London: […] Iohn Wolfe for Iohn Harrison the yonger, […], 1586, OCLC 837880809:
- So smirk, so smooth, his pricked Ears.