Definitions

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

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Perhaps akin to Low German smuck, neat, from Middle Low German, from smucken, to adorn.

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From Middle Low German smuk ("neat, trim, spruce, elegant, fair"), from Middle High German gesmuc ("ornament"), from smücken ("to ornament, adorn, originally to dress"), a secondary form of Middle High German smiegen ("to creep into, hence to put on (a garment)"); see smock.

Examples

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  • A Range Rover stopped outside our door

         in a smug Shropshire village;

    out steps our local Councillor,

         first-class shit.

    - Peter Reading, Eclogue, from Tom O' Bedlam's Beauties, 1981

    June 28, 2008

  • Gums in reverse.

    November 3, 2007

  • Oh, classic.

    September 27, 2007

  • The pollution of self-righteous arrogance. As seen on Facebook:

    "Do you care about your enviroment????? Everytime you give a hippie credit he releases smug into the atmosphere!"

    "If I'm not mistaken you can only release smug by driving a hybrid vehicle."

    "and living in san francisco"

    "And attending a George Clooney speach"

    September 27, 2007