[ smurk ]
/ smɜrk /

verb (used without object)

to smile in an affected, smug, or offensively familiar way.


the facial expression of a person who smirks.

Origin of smirk

before 900; Middle English smirken (v.), Old English sme(a)rcian

Related forms

smirk·er, nounsmirk·ing·ly, adverbun·smirk·ing, adjectiveun·smirk·ing·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for smirk


/ (smɜːk) /


a smile expressing scorn, smugness, etc, rather than pleasure


(intr) to give such a smile
(tr) to express with such a smile

Derived Forms

smirker, nounsmirking, adjectivesmirkingly, adverb

Word Origin for smirk

Old English smearcian; related to smer derision, Old High German bismer contempt, bismerōn to scorn
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