from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To smile in an affected, often offensively self-satisfied manner.
- n. An affected, often offensively self-satisfied smile.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- 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. smart; spruce; affected; simpering
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive 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.
from The 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. smile affectedly or derisively
- n. a smile expressing smugness or scorn instead of pleasure
Middle English smirken, from Old English smercian, to smile; see smei- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Cf. Middle High German smielen/smieren ("to smile") ( > obsolete, rare German schmieren). (Wiktionary)