- to import or export (goods) secretly, in violation of the law, especially without payment of legal duty.
- to bring, take, put, etc., surreptitiously: She smuggled the gun into the jail inside a cake.
- to import, export, or convey goods surreptitiously or in violation of the law.
Origin of smuggle
Examples from the Web for smuggler
Finding a smuggler in Ventimiglia is easier than finding good food.
“We met the smuggler in the train station; he came to speak with us about the services he provided,” Yazbek says.
“When the smuggler boat is ready, they call you,” Saed says.
When you are safely out, you give your password to the smuggler who calls it in to the broker to release the funds.
In another, meant for viewers in El Salvador, shadows on a wall illustrate a conversation between a teenage boy and a smuggler.A Border Patrol Campaign Worthy of Don Draper
July 7, 2014
Then it is no hoax after all; and I've been sitting down to dinner with a smuggler!'
I am, as you know, a smuggler; and I must send this lace on shore.
The weapon was a long, heavy carbine, which had doubtless belonged to some smuggler.The Fortune of the Rougons
In his youth he had sailed on a smuggler, running in from Whitehaven with spirits.The Little Manx Nation - 1891
Of a smuggler, a large proportion of our people think no wrong.An Orkney Maid
Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
- to import or export (prohibited or dutiable goods) secretly
- (tr; often foll by into or out of) to bring or take secretly, as against the law or rules
- (tr foll by away) to conceal; hide
Word Origin and History for smuggler
1660s, from Low German smuggeln or Dutch smokkelen "to transport (goods) illegally," apparently a frequentative formation of a word meaning "to sneak" (from Proto-Germanic *smuganan; cf. Dutch smuigen "to eat secretly;" Swedish smyg "a lurking-hole," Danish smughandel "contraband trade," Norwegian smjuga, Old English smeogan "to creep"), perhaps literally "to slip (contraband through)," from Proto-Germanic *(s)muk- (see smock).
"import or export secretly and contrary to law," 1680s, of Low German or Dutch origin (see smuggler). Related: Smuggled; smuggling.