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[smuhg-uh l]
verb (used with object), smug·gled, smug·gling.
  1. to import or export (goods) secretly, in violation of the law, especially without payment of legal duty.
  2. to bring, take, put, etc., surreptitiously: She smuggled the gun into the jail inside a cake.
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verb (used without object), smug·gled, smug·gling.
  1. to import, export, or convey goods surreptitiously or in violation of the law.
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Origin of smuggle

1680–90; < Low German smuggeln; cognate with German schmuggeln
Related formssmug·gler, nounan·ti·smug·gling, adjectiveun·smug·gled, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for anti-smuggling


  1. to import or export (prohibited or dutiable goods) secretly
  2. (tr; often foll by into or out of) to bring or take secretly, as against the law or rules
  3. (tr foll by away) to conceal; hide
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Derived Formssmuggler, nounsmuggling, noun

Word Origin

C17: from Low German smukkelen and Dutch smokkelen, perhaps from Old English smūgen to creep; related to Old Norse smjūga
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Word Origin and History for anti-smuggling



"import or export secretly and contrary to law," 1680s, of Low German or Dutch origin (see smuggler). Related: Smuggled; smuggling.

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