Definition of smug in English:

smug

Line breaks: smug
Pronunciation: /smʌg
 
/

adjective (smugger, smuggest)

Derivatives

smugly

adverb
More example sentences
  • We stood there, proud of ourselves and smiling smugly at one another.
  • Up until today all of these direct hits have been entirely genuine, and I've been smugly satisfied by my posting accuracy.
  • I was only smugly congratulating myself the other day that I had so far managed to remain healthy for the entire winter period.

smugness

noun
More example sentences
  • I found myself quietly appalled by the smugness, condescension and bogus rhetoric on display.
  • It gives us all a sense of power, a feeling of righteous smugness, like the world is ours and all we have to do is make a grab for it.
  • The sheer smugness of this movie, its fatuous belief in how daringly sophisticated it is, can't be overestimated.

Origin

mid 16th century (originally in the sense 'neat, spruce'): from Low German smuk 'pretty'.

More definitions of smug

Definition of smug in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day kerf
Pronunciation: kəːf
noun
a slit made by cutting with a saw