So says Thomas Hobbes, whose definition of all laughter illuminates those moments when we smugly parade past the shrunken giants.
And how smugly, to be sure, would he talk about his children's tutor!
"They'll fall faster than any known enemy weapon can track them," he said, smugly.
"Used to be a barber in civilian life," the boy said smugly.
"October 1st, 2144, is the patent date," said Joe Silver smugly.
"I knew your uncle would remember his friends and his charities," he said smugly.
"Nothing could have been done without me," Cindy said smugly.
Ted said smugly, "Either should be as much advertising for the Harknesses as it could be for Crestwood."
"I told you not to stop at that tourist place," began Ricky smugly.
When we read about that, as children, we said smugly: "What a fool Paris was!"
1550s, "trim, neat, spruce, smart," possibly an alteration of Low German smuk "trim, neat," from Middle Low German smücken "to adorn" (originally "to dress," secondary sense of words meaning "to creep or slip into"), from the same source as smock. The meaning "having a self-satisfied air" is from 1701, an extension of the sense of "smooth, sleek" (1580s), which was commonly used of attractive women and girls. Related: Smugly; smugness.