from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Exhibiting or feeling great or offensive satisfaction with oneself or with one's situation; self-righteously complacent: "the smug look of a toad breakfasting on fat marsh flies” ( William Pearson).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Irritatingly pleased with oneself; self-satisfied.
- v. To make smug, or spruce.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Studiously neat or nice, especially in dress; spruce; affectedly precise; smooth and prim.
- transitive v. To make smug, or spruce.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Smooth; sleek; neat; trim; spruce; fine: also, affectedly proper; unctuous; especially, affectedly nice in dress; satisfied with one's own appearance; hence, self-satisfied in any respect.
- Affectedly or conceitedly smart.
- n. One who is affectedly proper and nice; a self-satisfied person.
- To make smug or spruce: often with up.
- To confiscate summarily, as boys used to confiscate tops, marbles, etc., when the game was played out of season.
- To hush up.
- n. A smith.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. marked by excessive complacency or self-satisfaction
The same may be said of ‘sconce’, in this sense at least; of ‘nowl’ or ‘noll’, which Wiclif uses; of ‘slops’ for trousers (Marlowe’s _Lucan_); of ‘cocksure’ (Rogers), of ‘smug’, which once meant no more than adorned (“the _smug_ bridegroom”, Shakespeare).
There it will lay, because while smug is annoying, it's not THAT big a deal.
But smug is smug, and what can I say – I like to call out the smug at times.
Every time Mr. Gogan saw me smile at a customer, he seemed so pleased with himself I worried that his face might freeze in an expression of smug exhilaration.
The kind old world spins on, and the bourgeois masters clip their coupons in smug complacency.
You are right that we are in a phoney war now though and being to smug is probably not a good idea
I saw the footage of the guy leaving court and yes he smiled, long hard and in smug self congratulatory way and i trust my ability to read body language sufficiently to be satisfied about my opinions.
People will call for my ouster, yet I will remain smug and defiant that I will turn it around because my track record speaks for itself.
They were, should I use the word smug, sacrosanct.
Chaminade leaned back in his chair, his expression smug although his round belly appeared afflicted with a curiously rhythmic inner motion.
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