- contentedly confident of one's ability, superiority, or correctness; complacent.
- trim; spruce; smooth; sleek.
Origin of smug
Related Words for smugcomplacent, egotistical, pompous, self-righteous, self-satisfied, conceited, holier-than-thou, priggish, snobbish, stuck-up, stuffy, superior, vainglorious, egoistic, puffed-up, hotshot
Examples from the Web for smug
Contemporary Examples of smug
She was even sweet to that smug ingrate Miss Bunting after she kept insulting everyone at dinner.‘Downton Abbey’ Review: A Fire, Some Sex, and Sad, Sad Edith
January 5, 2015
On video, Raymond Santana was smug, boastful, and nonchalant by turns, vividly reenacting who did what during the rape.The Myth of the Central Park Five
October 19, 2014
He traces the history of ideas with skill and care, and he avoids the smug certainty of many contemporary science writers.Why Aristotle Deserves A Posthumous Nobel
October 18, 2014
At first, Tywin tried to dismiss her with another one of his “smug stories.”Best ‘Game of Thrones’ Season Yet
June 16, 2014
Then they stood in front of the chalkboard, smug and self-satisfied.Iceland Is Beautiful. And Sooo Weird.
April 17, 2014
Historical Examples of smug
"Well, that's just what I thought," he said, with smug content.Within the Law
Fraser leaned forward, that smug, vain smile curling his lips.The Floating Island of Madness
Have you grown sleek and fat and smug in my service that you should requite me thus?Bardelys the Magnificent
I looked into his smug face, and I was within an ace of striking him.The Historical Nights' Entertainment
Bobby smiled up at him in smug satisfaction over his own wiliness.The Dominant Strain
Anna Chapin Ray
- excessively self-satisfied or complacent
- archaic trim or neat
Word Origin for smug
Word Origin and History for smug
1550s, "trim, neat, spruce, smart," possibly an alteration of Low German smuk "trim, neat," from Middle Low German smücken "to adorn" (originally "to dress," secondary sense of words meaning "to creep or slip into"), from the same source as smock. The meaning "having a self-satisfied air" is from 1701, an extension of the sense of "smooth, sleek" (1580s), which was commonly used of attractive women and girls. Related: Smugly; smugness.