smuggle

[ smuhg-uhl ]
/ ˈsmʌg əl /

verb (used with object), smug·gled, smug·gling.

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.

verb (used without object), smug·gled, smug·gling.

to import, export, or convey goods surreptitiously or in violation of the law.

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Origin of smuggle

1680–90; <Low German smuggeln; cognate with German schmuggeln

OTHER WORDS FROM smuggle

smuggler, nounan·ti·smug·gling, adjectiveun·smug·gled, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for smuggle

smuggle
/ (ˈsmʌɡəl) /

verb

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

Derived forms of smuggle

smuggler, nounsmuggling, noun

Word Origin for smuggle

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