adjective, smug·ger, smug·gest.
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|Tim Teeman|September 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Steven Isaac|June 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
His headline captured his certainty, if not his smugness: “Of Course the Settlements are Illegal.”Are Critics Of Israeli Occupation Getting Nervous?|David Suissa|March 20, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The Iranian negotiating team meeting with its Western counterparts in Kazakhstan this week has earned the right to its smugness.
Paul Theroux on how the whole affair reveals our smugness and hypocrisy.
But Marthasa's smugness and arrogance had not deserted him once since the beginning of this leg of the trip.Cubs of the Wolf|Raymond F. Jones
Nor did du Fresne's smugness help Lindsay's assurance a bit.The Ambassador|Samuel Kimball Merwin
Smugness was easy in a world without dust or carrion smell or craters that had been factories.Victory|Lester del Rey
It was not a smile of smugness or conceit, but rather of honest satisfaction.Treachery in Outer Space|Carey Rockwell and Louis Glanzman
"Our regular price," and you catch a sneer beneath the smugness of the Voice.Roast Beef, Medium|Edna Ferber
British Dictionary definitions for smugness
adjective smugger or smuggest
Word Origin for smug
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.