smurf

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English[edit]

statuettes of smurfs

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Dutch smurf (via the Belgian comic De Smurfen, a translation of French Les Schtroumpfs), from French schtroumpf, a word that was created by Peyo based on German Strumpf (literally stocking, sock), either simply because it sounds funny to the French ear or based on a regional German use for “idiot”. Armand van Raalte was an employee for the Belgian publisher of Peyo's stories who felt that schtroumpf would not have the same effect in Dutch, so he tried to find a simple word that could be used both as a noun and a verb. The result was smurf.[1] In other languages, the term was similarly altered; compare the translations below.

Pronunciation[edit]

English Wikipedia has an article on:
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Noun[edit]

smurf (plural smurfs or (rare) smurves)

  1. (comics, fiction) A blue pixie with white stocking cap, from the media franchise The Smurfs.
    • 2021 December 8, Geraldine DeRuiter, “Bros., Lecce: We Eat at The Worst Michelin Starred Restaurant, Ever” [3], The Everywhereist:
      He occasionally used the proper noun of the restaurant as an adverb, the way a Smurf would.
  2. (Internet slang) A smurf account.
  3. (computing, security) A smurf attack.
  4. (drugs, slang) One member of a team, each of whom acquires a small amount of money or ingredients for manufacturing drugs, keeping the transactions too small to raise suspicion.
    • 1998, Michael D. Lyman, ‎Gary W. Potter, Drugs in Society: Causes, Concepts, and Control, page 202:
      Each smurf goes to different banks and purchases cashier's checks in denominations of less than $ 10,000, thus bypassing the reporting requirement.
    • 2001, Robert E. Grosse, Drugs and Money: Laundering Latin America's Cocaine Dollars, page 73:
      Once the checks and money orders were purchased, the smurfs delivered them to Barrera, who arranged deposits of multiple checks and money orders into bank accounts that he controlled for further transfer to accounts in Panama, Colombia, and elsewhere.
    • 2020, David Heska Wanbli Weiden, Winter Counts, page 22:
      The local cooks would get some smurfs to buy boxes of Sudafed at all the drugstores in a hundred-mile radius, then pay them off in product.

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Translations[edit]

Verb[edit]

smurf (third-person singular simple present smurfs, present participle smurfing, simple past and past participle smurfed)

  1. (slang) Used to replace any other verb, as is typical of smurfs.
  2. (banking) To structure a deposit; to split a large financial transaction into smaller ones so as to avoid scrutiny.
  3. (computing, transitive) To carry out a smurf attack against someone.
  4. (Internet slang) To use a smurf account.

References[edit]

  1. ^ M. Philippa et alia (2003–2009), “smurf”, in Etymologisch Woordenboek van het Nederlands[1]

Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Changed from the original French schtroumpf as described above.[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

Dutch Wikipedia has an article on:
Wikipedia nl
  • Hyphenation: smurf
  • Rhymes: -ʏrf

Noun[edit]

smurf m (plural smurfen, diminutive smurfje n)

  1. (comics, fiction) smurf

Derived terms[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ M. Philippa et alia (2003–2009), “smurf”, in Etymologisch Woordenboek van het Nederlands[2]

French[edit]

French Wikipedia has an article on:
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Etymology[edit]

1983: after the English name of The Smurfs, via Dutch smurf from French schtroumpf. See above.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

smurf m (plural smurfs)

  1. a sort of breakdancing
    Hypernym: breakdance

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Swedish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Dutch smurf, from French schtroumpf.

Pronunciation[edit]

Swedish Wikipedia has an article on:
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Noun[edit]

smurf c

  1. (comics, fiction) smurf

Declension[edit]

Declension of smurf 
Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative smurf smurfen smurfar smurfarna
Genitive smurfs smurfens smurfars smurfarnas
Declension of smurf 
Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative smurf smurfen smurfer smurferna
Genitive smurfs smurfens smurfers smurfernas

Interjection[edit]

smurf

  1. jinx