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smuggle

[ smuhg-uhl ]

verb (used with object)

, smug·gled, smug·gling.
  1. to import or export (goods) secretly, in violation of the law, especially without payment of legal duty.
  2. to bring, take, put, etc., surreptitiously:

    She smuggled the gun into the jail inside a cake.



verb (used without object)

, smug·gled, smug·gling.
  1. to import, export, or convey goods surreptitiously or in violation of the law.

smuggle

/ ˈsmʌɡəl /

verb

  1. to import or export (prohibited or dutiable goods) secretly
  2. tr; often foll by into or out of to bring or take secretly, as against the law or rules
  3. trfoll byaway to conceal; hide


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Derived Forms

  • ˈsmuggler, noun
  • ˈsmuggling, noun
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Other Words From

  • smuggler noun
  • anti·smuggling adjective
  • un·smuggled adjective
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Word History and Origins

Origin of smuggle1

1680–90; < Low German smuggeln; cognate with German schmuggeln
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Word History and Origins

Origin of smuggle1

C17: from Low German smukkelen and Dutch smokkelen, perhaps from Old English smūgen to creep; related to Old Norse smjūga
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Example Sentences

The judge said she had been forced to smuggle drugs to cover the cost of surgery for her ailing son.

From Ozy

Just a few days after Chuu smuggled several Write for Right posters out of her apartment, trucks of police and soldiers searched her building several times and she was questioned by police.

From Time

He was held up on shore by a legal matter and only made it to his assignment aboard the Henrietta by smuggling himself in a casket of champagne.

All of this would suggest Bolsonaro’s year-long pandemic blunder is finally catching up to him along with plenty of other scandals, from those involving his family to his environmental minister who was allegedly smuggling illegal timber.

From Vox

She escaped Syria in 2015 as a 17 year old and was smuggled onto a boat headed for Greece.

From Ozy

Where are the writers who helped smuggle samizdat out from behind the Iron Curtain?

It was a high-tech attempt to smuggle in drugs and phones from the skies over a maximum-security facility.

Egypt has blocked the tunnels Hamas formerly used to smuggle goods and weapons into Gaza—and to get its operatives out again.

He would smuggle the live birds inside his shirt to get them back to his cell, where he had a killing basin.

Rep. Steve King raged that this would allow illegals to “smuggle themselves into the military.”

Perhaps he would even have to lurk in the woods, awaiting his opportunity to smuggle his liquor to the men.

You will therefore do a meritorious work, if you can smuggle this dead body into the house of the damned Jew of a farmer.

I adore his broken English, but how is he going to smuggle letters to me, unless maybe Louisa will continue to help?

That Ireland also began in its turn to organize National Volunteers and to smuggle arms.

This is what you must do; smuggle me out another way; call another carriage, and take me for a drive and wicked dinner.

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