from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To import or export without paying lawful customs charges or duties.
- transitive v. To bring in or take out illicitly or by stealth.
- intransitive v. To engage in smuggling.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To import or export, illicitly or by stealth, without paying lawful customs charges or duties
- v. To bring in surreptitiously
- v. To thrash or be thrashed by a bear's claws, or to swipe at or be swiped at by a person's arms in a bearlike manner.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To import or export secretly, contrary to the law; to import or export without paying the duties imposed by law.
- transitive v. Fig.: To convey or introduce clandestinely.
- intransitive v. To import or export in violation of the customs laws.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To import or export secretly, and contrary to law; imoort or export secretly without paying the duties imposed by law; also, to introduce into trade or consumption in violation of excise laws; in Scotland, to manufacture (spirits, malt, etc.) illicitly.
- To convey, introduce, or handle clandestinely: as, to smuggle something out of the way.
- To practise secret illegal exportation or importation of goods; export or import goods without payment of duties; also, to violate excise laws. See I., 1, and smuggling.
- To cuddle or fondle.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. import or export without paying customs duties
Probably Low German smukkeln, smuggeln or Middle Dutch smokkelen.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From earlier smuckle, either from Dutch smokkelen ("to smuggle"), a frequentative form of Middle Dutch smūken ("to act secretly, be sneaky"), or from Dutch Low Saxon or German Low German smuggeln. The Dutch and Low German words are both ultimately from Proto-Germanic *smeuganan (“to snuggle, cling to”), from Proto-Indo-European *smewk-, *smewg- (“to slip, glide; be slimy”). Cognate with Saterland Frisian smukkeln ("to move insidiously, smuggle"), West Frisian smokkelje ("to smuggle"), German schmuggeln ("to smuggle"), Danish smugle ("to smuggle"), Swedish smuggla ("to smuggle"). Related also to Icelandic smjúga ("to creep, penetrate"), Swedish smyga ("to sneak, slip, crawl, lurk, steal"), German schmiegen ("to nestle, wrap, snuggle"), Old English smēogan, smūgan ("to creep, crawl, move gradually, penetrate"). (Wiktionary)