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What Is Smirk? Definition And Usage Of This Term

WHAT IS SMIRK – In this topic, we will first know the definition of this term and how is this term used in sentences.



The Oxford Dictionary defines the term as the following:

  • smile in an irritatingly conceited, or silly way.
  • a conceited, or silly smile.

On the other hand, the Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines this term as the following:

  • to smile in a condescending way
  • to say or express (something) with a smirk


Here are some of the following synonyms of this term:

  • smile smugly
  • simper
  • snigger
  • leer
  • smicker


It is derived from the Old English term sme(a)rcian, which came from a base term that is shared by smile. Its early sense was ‘to smile’ but later gained a notion of smugness or silliness.


Here are some of the examples:

  • “I seem to have touched a nerve,” said Malfoy, smirking.
  • Cluny lay back and smirked. Everything was going according to plan.
  • A former prosecutor, she deploys an interrogation style that is impatient and knowing, almost amused. The eyebrows go up, a faint smirk plays around the lips: you might as well fess up.
  • He sauntered down Main Street, the hint of a self-satisfied smirk playing across full, pink lips.

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