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Pronunciation: /smʌɡ

Definition of smug in English:

adjective (smugger, smuggest)

Having or showing an excessive pride in oneself or one’s achievements: he was feeling smug after his win
More example sentences
  • He winked at me and I wanted to knock out a few teeth in that smug smile he flashed at me.
  • The Minister can sit there with a smug smile and a smug face, and he can shake his head all that he wants to.
  • A smug smile sat on her lips as she sipped on her cranberry juice, knowing exactly what was in store.
informal goody-goody
North American informal wisenheimer
North American vulgar slang shit-eating


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



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.


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.

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