American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To smile in an affected, often offensively self-satisfied manner.
- n. An affected, often offensively self-satisfied smile.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To smile affectedly or wantonly; look affectedly soft or kind.
- Synonyms Simper, Smirk. See simper.
- n. An affected smile; a soft look.
- Smart; spruce.
- n. An uneven, often crooked smile that is insolent, offensively self-satisfied or scornful.
- v. To smile in a way that is affected, smug, insolent or contemptuous.
- adj. obsolete smart; spruce; affected; simpering
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To smile in an affected or conceited manner; to smile with affected complaisance; to simper.
- n. A forced or affected smile; a simper.
- adj. Nice,; smart; spruce; affected; simpering.
- v. smile affectedly or derisively
- n. a smile expressing smugness or scorn instead of pleasure
- Cf. Middle High German smielen/smieren ("to smile") ( > obsolete, rare German schmieren). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English smirken, from Old English smercian, to smile; see smei- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“BTW Sam ... a 'smirk' is certainly in the eye of the beholder ... you obviously have a jaundiced eye!”
“I just can never, ever take this Dreamworks stuff seriously as long as that smirk is front and center, in my face.”
“His congenital smirk is best described as the sort of grin that, if named, would guarantee this comment a term in Moderator Purgatory.”
“A smirk is exactly what Bolloks has on his face during his heckle.”
“How he held back that tell of tells, the smirk, is beyond me.”
“A smirk is really a terrible habit for any politician.”
“In Art History, our teacher superimposed as self-portrait of DaVinci over an image of the Mona Lisa, saying that one theory claims that the mysterious Mona Lisa smirk is simply DaVinci’s secret that he painted himself as a woman.”
“I believe what you are calling a smirk is where his teleprompter is telling him to "SMILE" -- that's so we, and he, know that he told us a joke, and also to dispel that nasty rumor going around about his bad temper.”
“He recalled her smirk when she came back with some trousers and dropped them on the ground.”
“Andrew was led to his place in front of Mr. Davies by Uncle Thomas (who was wearing what could only be described as a smirk) when suddenly, Marina lost her smile, and stared -”
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