- 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 smirk
Wahlberg chimes in with the hint of a smirk: “The hard days of digging ditches!”Jenny McCarthy: I Am Not Anti-Vaccine
October 24, 2014
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.
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
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
January 15, 2014
Partisans in Washington will smirk that these things are optimistic baloney and keep sending their troops off to battle.Congress Can Become Civil and Productive if Moderate Voters Demand It
October 28, 2013
"I reckon Sim made the short on it," said Reuben with a smirk.The Shadow of a Crime
She felled him in the middle of a smirk, and seized the opportunity created.The Martian Cabal
Roman Frederick Starzl
Dolores turned around with a smirk of biting ridicule on her face.Mayflower (Flor de mayo)
Vicente Blasco Ibez
There was a smirk of pharisaical satisfaction on their faces.My New Curate
Fortunately the bride, all smirk and blush, had just entered the room.Waverley
Sir Walter Scott
- 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 smirk
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.).