- contentedly confident of one's ability, superiority, or correctness; complacent.
- trim; spruce; smooth; sleek.
Origin of smug
Examples from the Web for smugly
So says Thomas Hobbes, whose definition of all laughter illuminates those moments when we smugly parade past the shrunken giants.GOP Primaries Provide a Feast for Our Schadenfreude Appetite
Eric G. Wilson
January 19, 2012
"They'll fall faster than any known enemy weapon can track them," he said, smugly.Minor Detail
John Michael Sharkey
And how smugly, to be sure, would he talk about his children's tutor!The Red and the Black
When we read about that, as children, we said smugly: "What a fool Paris was!"Superwomen
Albert Payson Terhune
"October 1st, 2144, is the patent date," said Joe Silver smugly.The Giants From Outer Space
Geoff St. Reynard
"Used to be a barber in civilian life," the boy said smugly.Uniform of a Man
- excessively self-satisfied or complacent
- archaic trim or neat
Word Origin and History for smugly
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.