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From earlier smuckle, either from Dutch smokkelen (to smuggle), a frequentative form of Middle Dutch smūken (to act secretly, be sneaky), or from Dutch Low Saxon or German Low German smuggeln. The Dutch and Low German words are both ultimately from Proto-Germanic *smeuganą (to creep; slip through or into), from Proto-Indo-European *smewk-, *smewg- (to slip, glide; be slimy).


  • IPA(key): /ˈsmʌɡəl/
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  • Rhymes: -ʌɡəl


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smuggle (third-person singular simple present smuggles, present participle smuggling, simple past and past participle smuggled)

  1. (transitive, intransitive) To import or export, illicitly or by stealth, without paying lawful customs charges or duties
    • 2018 July 20, “Lorry driver jailed for smuggling illegal immigrants into UK”, in[1], London: Crown Prosecution Service, retrieved 2018-07-20:
      A lorry driver who smuggled illegal immigrants into the UK in the back of his trailer has been jailed.
  2. (transitive) To bring in surreptitiously
    • 22 March 2012, Scott Tobias, AV Club The Hunger Games[2]
      While Collins does include a love triangle, a coming-of-age story, and other YA-friendly elements in the mix, they serve as a Trojan horse to smuggle readers into a hopeless world where love becomes a stratagem and growing up is a matter of basic survival.
  3. (transitive, obsolete) To fondle or cuddle.
  4. (slang) To thrash or be thrashed by a bear's claws, or to swipe at or be swiped at by a person's arms in a bearlike manner.

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