- contentedly confident of one's ability, superiority, or correctness; complacent.
- trim; spruce; smooth; sleek.
Origin of smug
Examples from the Web for smugness
The Jolie dress is an expression of the joy of family, not the smugness of a couple.Angelina Jolie's Wedding Dress Was Crazy Brilliant
September 3, 2014
Social media has kept me abreast of many plot twists and turns as firestorms of outrage and smugness come and go.The ‘GOT’ Red Viper and Mountain Duel, and a History of Medieval Trial by Combat
June 3, 2014
His headline captured his certainty, if not his smugness: “Of Course the Settlements are Illegal.”Are Critics Of Israeli Occupation Getting Nervous?
March 20, 2013
The Iranian negotiating team meeting with its Western counterparts in Kazakhstan this week has earned the right to its smugness.How AIPAC is Losing
February 27, 2013
Paul Theroux on how the whole affair reveals our smugness and hypocrisy.Condemnation of Rush Limbaugh Shows Our Hypocrisy
March 10, 2012
There were both earnestness and tenderness in his tones—the smugness of the physician was gone.The Landloper
"Our regular price," and you catch a sneer beneath the smugness of the Voice.Roast Beef, Medium
Nor did du Fresne's smugness help Lindsay's assurance a bit.The Ambassador
Samuel Kimball Merwin
They are inimical to smugness and to complacent satisfaction.The Purple Heights
Marie Conway Oemler
But, is there not just a faint suggestion of smugness in her mien?Plum Pudding
- excessively self-satisfied or complacent
- archaic trim or neat
Word Origin and History for smugness
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.