verb (used without object)
Origin of smirk
Examples from the Web for smirk
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.
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|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|DAILY BEAST
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|Joshua DuBois|October 28, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Fortunately the bride, all smirk and blush, had just entered the room.Waverley|Sir Walter Scott
And while I bow and smirk and crack witticisms, I and the devil will be chuckling in our sleeves.The Million Dollar Mystery|Harold MacGrath
I remained silent, hoping my unwelcome visitor would depart, but instead he began now to leer and smirk at me ingratiatingly.A Maid of the Kentucky Hills|Edwin Carlile Litsey
He smiled at her with a complacency that made it almost a smirk.Ewing\'s Lady|Harry Leon Wilson
Ryanne threw her a greeting, to which she responded with a smirk that once upon a time had been a smile.The Carpet from Bagdad|Harold MacGrath
Word Origin 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.).