to smile in an affected, smug, or offensively familiar way.
the facial expression of a person who smirks.
- smirker, noun
- smirk·ing·ly, adverb
- un·smirk·ing, adjective
- un·smirk·ing·ly, adverb
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How to use smirk in a sentence
The virtual ink isn’t even dry on Facebook’s new Meta logo, and the smirks and not-so-subtle metaverse digs are already pouring in.To save its image, Facebook is killing the metaverse | Adario Strange | October 30, 2021 | Quartz
The bar feels characteristically low on “Hollywood’s Bleeding,” with the 25-year-old quasi-rapping toward dirtbag catharsis, cultivating his dark art with a smirk.Album of the year is the Grammy that nobody deserves to win | Chris Richards | March 12, 2021 | Washington Post
So when the Norwegian committee decided to award the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize to the World Food Program, the United Nations’ food assistance agency, it was no surprise that the news was greeted with more than a few smirks and eye-rolls.
So when we hear the knee-jerk smirk of our age, when anyone says “Asterisk Dodgers,” just respond, “For shame.”No asterisk required: These Dodgers were historically great — and legitimate champions | Thomas M. Boswell | October 29, 2020 | Washington Post
The tiniest smirk crawled across Patrick Ewing’s face as the question was asked, a small curl starting from the right corner of his mouth.Big East coaches pick Georgetown to finish last. Patrick Ewing says that’s about right. | Kareem Copeland | October 28, 2020 | Washington Post
We continuously pause to pull them out while Zalwar Khan and his companion smirk at us and chew unbothered.Heart of Darkness: Into Afghanistan’s Taliban Valley | Matt Trevithick, Daniel Seckman | November 15, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Wahlberg chimes in with the hint of a smirk: “The hard days of digging ditches!”
When he turned himself in, he wore a smirk in his mug shot, and then he went out for ice cream with reporters in tow.Vote for the (Alleged) Crooks! How Rick Perry, Chris Christie, and Scott Walker are Running While Under Investigation | Olivia Nuzzi | August 29, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
But drinking for every triple Lutz, American flag or smirk from Putin could cause a calorie avalanche and sick Sochi gut.6 Ways to Avoid ‘Sochi Gut’ While Watching the Olympics | Jenna A. Bell | February 12, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
It's better to try to pack every moment with beauty and feeling than to shrug and smirk.Hey! Some People Liked Grown Ups 2: Critics Defend The Razzie Nominations | Amy Zimmerman | January 15, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
And feeding high, and living soft,Grew plump and able-bodied; Until the grave churchwarden doff'd,The parson smirk'd and nodded.The Book of Humorous Verse | Various
There is a serene self-satisfied smirk on the marble face, which looks more like that of a woman than a man.Round the Wonderful World | G. E. Mitton
There was a smirk of pharisaical satisfaction on their faces.My New Curate | P.A. Sheehan
Tiflin flashed a smirk that showed that his front teeth were missing.The Planet Strappers | Raymond Zinke Gallun
It cost a smirk or smile; Jehu had hundreds at command, and the accident was amended.
British Dictionary definitions for smirk
a smile expressing scorn, smugness, etc, rather than pleasure
(intr) to give such a smile
(tr) to express with such a smile
- smirker, noun
- smirking, adjective
- smirkingly, adverb
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