smirk

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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
smirk /smɜrk/USA pronunciation   v., n. 
v. [no object]
    1. to smile in an offensively self-satisfied way:They smirked behind the teacher's back.

    n. [countable]
    1. the facial expression of a person who smirks.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
smirk  (smûrk),USA pronunciation v.i. 
  1. to smile in an affected, smug, or offensively familiar way.

n. 
  1. the facial expression of a person who smirks.
smirker, n. 
smirking•ly, adv. 
  • Middle English smirken (verb, verbal), Old English sme(a)rcian bef. 900


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

smirk /smɜːk/ n
  1. a smile expressing scorn, smugness, etc, rather than pleasure
vb
  1. (intransitive) to give such a smile
  2. (transitive) to express with such a smile
Etymology: Old English smearcian; related to smer derision, Old High German bismer contempt, bismerōn to scorn

ˈsmirker n ˈsmirking adj ˈsmirkingly adv



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