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smirk

[ smurk ]
/ smɜrk /
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verb (used without object)
to smile in an affected, smug, or offensively familiar way.
noun
the facial expression of a person who smirks.
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Origin of smirk

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

OTHER WORDS FROM smirk

smirker, nounsmirk·ing·ly, adverbun·smirk·ing, adjectiveun·smirk·ing·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for smirk

smirk
/ (smɜːk) /

noun
a smile expressing scorn, smugness, etc, rather than pleasure
verb
(intr) to give such a smile
(tr) to express with such a smile

Derived forms of smirk

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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