- to smile in an affected, smug, or offensively familiar way.
- the facial expression of a person who smirks.
Origin of smirk
Examples from the Web for smirked
Protected by the rule of double jeopardy, they smirked as they admitted their guilt to a journalist a few months later.How Rock and Roll Killed Jim Crow
October 26, 2014
"I'm probably being too hard on the president," she smirked.Sarah Palin Rewrites Dr. Seuss
March 9, 2014
As you can imagine,” he smirked, “I was extraordinarily popular with the public employee unions.Chris Christie Makes Frenemies at CPAC
March 6, 2014
He laughed, shook his head, and smirked his way to victory over Paul Ryan.In Vice Presidential Debate, Joe Biden Perfects Art of the Smirk
October 13, 2012
When she replied that she “could not believe” the “gorgeous suite,” Cain “smirked” and said, “I upgraded you.”Gloria Allred Takes On Herman Cain
Jacob Bernstein, Jessica Bennett
November 8, 2011
He smirked in a self-deprecating way, and pulled his hat-brim down in front.
The Irishman held his between his fingers and smirked a little toward the floor.
For somewhat too broadly had Bell smirked his sanctity on me.Journeys to Bagdad
Charles S. Brooks
Castrillon smirked and put his hand, half instinctively, to his breast-pocket.Robert Orange
John Oliver Hobbes
He strutted, posed, and smirked in a way highly offensive to the other men.The Huntress
- a smile expressing scorn, smugness, etc, rather than pleasure
- (intr) to give such a smile
- (tr) to express with such a smile
Word Origin and History for smirked
Old English smearcian "to smile." No exact cognates in other languages, but probably related to smerian "to laugh at, scorn," from Proto-Germanic *smer-, *smar-, variant of PIE *smei- "to smile;" see smile (v.), which after c.1500 gradually restricted smirk to the unpleasant sense "smile affectedly; grin in a malicious or smug way." In some 18c. glossaries smirk is still simply "to smile." Related: Smirked; smirking. The noun is recorded by 1560s.
1550s, from smirk (v.).