verb (used without object)
Origin of smirk
Examples from the Web for smirking
A smirking Ramone is shown wearing both a CBGB shirt and heavy gold chains, posing next to an enormous boombox.‘All Good Cretins Go to Heaven’: Dee Dee Ramone’s Twisted Punk Paintings|Melissa Leon|December 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Yet, after months of backdoor negotiations there was Xi, stone-facedly shaking hands with a smirking Abe.
He told me to enter while smirking, knowing full well my intentions.Cocaine, Politicians and Wives: Inside the World’s Most Bizarre Prison|Jason Batansky|October 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
No character this year is more volatile and unpredictable; you never know what the hunched-over, smirking Quell will do next.The Daily Beast’s Oscar Nominees: Leonardo DiCaprio, Anne Hathaway & More|Marlow Stern|January 4, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Maria is the first “political criminal” in the family, she says, smirking between puffs of her cigarette.
Evidently he believed himself irresistible, and his smirking, posing, and ogling were ludicrous to the last degree.Brave Tom|Edward S. Ellis
I name the hour and she is there to receive me—smirking, blind, deaf and dumb.Secret Memoirs: The Story of Louise, Crown Princess|Henry W. Fischer
A smirking calm seemed to have come over him, as if he were at last sure of his possession.The Song of Songs|Hermann Sudermann
There, bobbing her head and smirking mechanically, stood that loathsome creature, Old Meg.The Master Mystery|Arthur B. Reeve and John W. Grey
A smirking smile took the place of the frown and he advanced with outstretched hand.The Ranger Boys Outwit the Timber Thieves|Claude A. Labelle
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.).