smirk

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v smirk smile affectedly or derisively
    • n smirk a smile expressing smugness or scorn instead of pleasure
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Smirk A forced or affected smile; a simper. "The bride, all smirk and blush, had just entered."
    • a Smirk Nice,; smart; spruce; affected; simpering. "So smirk , so smooth."
    • v. i Smirk To smile in an affected or conceited manner; to smile with affected complaisance; to simper.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • smirk To smile affectedly or wantonly; look affectedly soft or kind.
    • smirk Synonyms Simper, Smirk. See simper.
    • n smirk An affected smile; a soft look.
    • smirk Smart; spruce.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Smirk smėrk to smile affectedly: to look affectedly soft
    • n Smirk an affected smile
    • adj Smirk (obs.) smart
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Quotations

  • Lord Chesterfield
    Lord%20Chesterfield
    “A constant smirk upon the face, and a whiffing activity of the body, are strong indications of futility.”
  • Charles Dickens
    Charles%20Dickens
    “There are only two styles of portrait painting; the serious and the smirk.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. smirken, ASS. smercian, smearcian,; cf. MHG. smieren, smielen, to smile. See Smile (v. i.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. smercian; akin to smile.

Usage

In literature:

Her face did not display its customary smirk of complacency.
"The Mission of Janice Day" by Helen Beecher Long
The other man came forward, a smirking smile on his heavy red face.
"Frank of Freedom Hill" by Samuel A. Derieux
To them came up smirking little Mr. Fuzzybell.
"The Bertrams" by Anthony Trollope
Viner smirked and retreated.
"The Hero of Garside School" by J. Harwood Panting
He exhibited his ill-concealed contempt of the scheme by smirks, smiles, and shrugs.
"A Pirate of Parts" by Richard Neville
They smirked at each other and rubbed their hands.
"Peter and Wendy" by James Matthew Barrie
Smirke (E.) on burning the hill, 123.
"Notes and Queries, Index of Volume 3, January-June, 1851" by Various
Corrigan smirked malevolently and drove forward again.
"'Firebrand' Trevison" by Charles Alden Seltzer
Grossman's reputation was different, but except for a smirk or two he had never bothered her.
"Athalie" by Robert W. Chambers
The Lizard turned perfectly white; Tric-Trac trotted away into the woods, hugging his box and smirking.
"The Maids of Paradise" by Robert W. (Robert William) Chambers
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In poetry:

'Twas an ode to the "Umph" and the "Thingmebob,"
With a lilt and a right good ring,
And hints of a smirk, a snarl, a sob,
And a murky murmuring.
"The Mystic" by C J Dennis
Through driving mists I seemed to see
A Thing that smirked and smiled:
And found that he was giving me
A lesson in Biography,
As if I were a child.
"Phantasmagoria Canto III ( Scarmoges )" by Lewis Carroll
Said JANE, with a smirk, and a blush on her face,
"I'll promise to wed the boy
Who takes me to-morrow to Epsom Race!"
(Which I would have done, with joy).
"Emily, John, James, and I" by William Schwenck Gilbert
And, as I gazed, my limbs grew limp
And giddiness came o'er me;
For from it stepped a fish-like imp
That smirked and bowed before me!
His puckered features seemed to be
Awry with spite and devilry.
"The Minglers" by C J Dennis
O my sisters, O my sisters, I am powerless to aid;
’Tis a world of prostitution, it is business, it is trade,
And they profit from the brewer and the smirking landlord down
To the bully and the bludger, on the women of the town.
"The Women of the Town" by Henry Lawson
A young man goes skipping and bounding along a street in the capital. His
movements are gay and alert; there is a sparkle in his eyes, a smirk on his
lips, a pleasing flush on his beaming face…. He is all contentment and
delight.
"A Contented Man" by Ivan Turgenev

In news:

Biden is radiating a lethal smirk … #PMTdebate.
Joe, seriously, STOP SMIRKING .
Seriously, Joe Biden, the laughing/ smirking is not working for you.
Biden Loses by a Smirk .
Here's the RNC's New Attack Ad Targeting Obama's Debate " Smirk ".
Fate of debater turns on a smirk , eye-roll.
TV's Newest Anchor: A Smirk in Progress.
Obama Promises Smirk & Giggle.
Television antennas make young people like my children smirk, because they equate the science with a lifestyle barely advanced from dirt floors and sod roofs.
Geeks all over Hampton Roads can smirk in appreciation.
Seeing his stupid smirk at the end like he didnt even break a sweat.
Watch the execs in silk ties smirk their way past the camp.
There is a very redneck song about a red solo cup that can make you smirk.
There is a very redneck song about a red solo cup which, in the right mood, can make you smirk and recall college days (if you had as much fun as I did, way back when).
I get sick of seeing that Kwame Kilpatrick is walking around with a smirk on his face.
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