- 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 smuggling
Contemporary Examples of smuggling
Ex-hippie Billy Hayes was busted for smuggling hash and thrown in a terrifying Turkish prison.The Unbelievable (True) Story of the World’s Most Infamous Hash Smuggler
November 14, 2014
Smuggling diesel into Turkey is a major source of ISIS revenue.The Turks to ISIS: ‘Let’s Make a Deal’
September 21, 2014
A Peruvian court subsequently convicted him of smuggling $150,000 out of the country and he was given a two-year prison sentence.On the Trail of Nazi Counterfeiters
Dr. Kevin C. Ruffner
September 20, 2014
After years of Venezuelans smuggling cheap gas into Colombia for generous profits, Venezuela closes the whole border each night.Venezuela Now Has Toilet Paper but No Breast Implants
September 16, 2014
While there has always been smuggling in the region, the volume now is striking.Is NATO Ally Turkey Tacitly Fueling the ISIS War Machine?
September 8, 2014
Historical Examples of smuggling
This signal was soon answered, and then it was look out for the smuggling boats!Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
It was said that he had made a good deal of money by smuggling goods into the States.The Hunted Outlaw
I wish to know, Captain Ducie, if you have anything to say to this ship in the way of smuggling?Homeward Bound
James Fenimore Cooper
Or because I was dangerous, prying into their smuggling activities.
He was very poor—few of the Basques are rich—and he was in danger because of the smuggling.Louisiana Lou
William West Winter
- 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 for smuggle
"import or export secretly and contrary to law," 1680s, of Low German or Dutch origin (see smuggler). Related: Smuggled; smuggling.