• WordNet 3.6
    • adj smug marked by excessive complacency or self-satisfaction "a smug glow of self-congratulation"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Smug Studiously neat or nice, especially in dress; spruce; affectedly precise; smooth and prim. "They be so smug and smooth.""The smug and scanty draperies of his style.""A young, smug , handsome holiness has no fellow."
    • v. t Smug To make smug, or spruce. "Thus said, he smugged his beard, and stroked up fair."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • smug Smooth; sleek; neat; trim; spruce; fine: also, affectedly proper; unctuous; especially, affectedly nice in dress; satisfied with one's own appearance; hence, self-satisfied in any respect.
    • smug Affectedly or conceitedly smart.
    • n smug One who is affectedly proper and nice; a self-satisfied person.
    • smug To make smug or spruce: often with up.
    • smug To confiscate summarily, as boys used to confiscate tops, marbles, etc., when the game was played out of season.
    • smug To hush up.
    • n smug A smith.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Smug smug neat, prim, spruce: affectedly smart: well satisfied with one's self
    • n Smug a self-satisfied person
    • v.t Smug smug to seize without ceremony, to confiscate:
    • v.t Smug smug (slang) to hush up.
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  • Don Marquis
    “Persian pussy from over the sea demure and lazy and smug and fat none of your ribbons and bells for me ours is the zest of the alley cat”
  • Ralph Nader
    Ralph Nader
    “For almost seventy years the life insurance industry has been a smug sacred cow feeding the public a steady line of sacred bull.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Of. Scand. or Low German origin; cf. LG. smuck, G. schmuck, Dan. smuk, OSw. smuck, smöck, and E. smock, smuggle,; cf. G. schmuck, ornament. See Smock


In literature:

We don't want smugs here.
"Godfrey Marten, Undergraduate" by Charles Turley
His expression was smug, uninjured.
"Peter the Brazen" by George F. Worts
But Captain Douglas says they seemed pretty smug.
"Smugglers' Reef" by John Blaine
A fat, smug undertaker was commissioned to arrange all the details.
"Jennie Gerhardt" by Theodore Dreiser
The complacent, smug conceit of fishermen!
"Tales of Fishes" by Zane Grey
Sometimes they were as smug as a prayer-meeting.
"The Prisoner" by Alice Brown
He softly rubbed his hands while a smug, crafty smile flitted across his lips.
"The Floating Island of Madness" by Jason Kirby
They smugly argue from the known to the unknown on entirely false premises.
"Ireland as It Is" by Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
And then they are so smug.
"The Dominant Strain" by Anna Chapin Ray
Yes, and Schofield, the smug crook!
"The Harbor of Doubt" by Frank Williams
He regardeth not you, He hath swallowed the worlds and the nations, He hath humor, too: disease and death for the smugly prosperous.
"Dreamers of the Ghetto" by I. Zangwill
No longer can man in his smug complacency think of himself as being secure in his strength.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, November, 1930" by Various
They both looked smug and self-satisfied.
"The Phantom Lover" by Ruby M. Ayres
At times it was even suggested that he was unfairly "smugged in" to play for a village to which he had no pretensions to belong.
"The Humourous Story of Farmer Bumpkin's Lawsuit" by Richard Harris
They seemed entirely at home and wore smug smiles.
"Before Egypt" by E. K. Jarvis
If I can't reach you in any other way, perhaps insult will jar you out of your state of moral smugness.
"The Ethical Engineer" by Henry Maxwell Dempsey
More were still coming in, and the preacher rubbed his fat hands together with smug complacency.
"The White Hand and the Black" by Bertram Mitford
A man appeared, smug and solemn, a new valet that he had got in to replace an old family servant whom an accident had eliminated.
"The Perfume of Eros: A Fifth Avenue Incident" by Edgar Saltus
It exposed, in the vague light, an air of smug respectability in itself protective.
"The Gray Mask" by Wadsworth Camp
The British Government in the meantime sleeps in smug complacency, and Exeter Hall is appeased.
"The Unveiling of Lhasa" by Edmund Candler

In poetry:

I shall not hear your trentals,
Nor eat your arval bread,
Nor with smug breath tell lies of death
To the unanswering dead.
"Lines Written In The Belief That The Ancient Roman Festival Of The Dead Was Called Ambarvalia" by Rupert Brooke
A parakeet of gaudy hue
Upon a flame tree smugly rocks;
Oh, we're a precious pair, we two,
I gibber while the parrot squawks.
"Frustration" by Robert W Service
You smug-faced crowds with kindling eye
Who cheer when soldier lads march by,
Sneak home and pray you'll never know
The hell where youth and laughter go.
"Suicide In The Trenches" by Siegfried Sassoon
Then with a sly, sardonic look
He opened up a little book
Containing many a gem;
And as they sat in raiment fine,
So smug and soused with rosy wine,
This verse he read to them.
"Poet And Peer" by Robert W Service
Better endure war's worst of ills,
The woe of a hundred fights,
Than cower behind your banks and tills
And smug with your money, your mines, your mills,
Forswear a neighbour's rights.
"To Great Britain" by Hardwicke Drummond Rawnsley
Virtue and vice are names, not qualities,
And when the baffled cry that might is right,
No smug opinion from the unconscious skies
For doubtful virtue's sake shall hold them to their plight.
"Reason And Honour " by Eden Phillpotts

In news:

Smug Brothers with The Minor Leagues.
Around Town Dinesh D'Souza to Smug It Up At Vanderbilt Tonight.
CNN's new host Erin Burnett: Smug , superficial and acting like she knows.
Smug pugs to strut their stuff.
Has Bike Snob moved to ' smug ' Portland.
'Easy A' is sporadically funny but far too smug .
The Curious Case of ''Comfortably Smug .
The good, the sad and the smugly .
Capital Bikeshare is making biking ugly, smugly .
US election: Despite Canadian smugness , we can learn from the US system.
Smugness at all-time high.
CNN's new host Erin Burnett: Smug, superficial and acting like she knows.
While we may not be able to maintain sun tans or enjoy T-shirts and shorts year round like our southern cousins, we do have something to be smug about, Tom Jacobs reports in Miller-McCune.
We are feeling pretty smug, sitting on our gold chair at Cipriani waiting for the Isaac Mizrahi fall 2004 show to begin.
Utopian (left) fights off Smug to win the Inglewood.

In science:

Perhaps t o unsettle any tendency towards scienti fic smugness about the long tradition of 21 cm line studies, Riccardo Giovanelli, right at the beginning of this conference, reminded us that HI contributes a “piffling ” amount even to the overall baryon budget in the un iverse.
Conference Summary: HI Science in the Next Decade
In fact, to smugly dismiss the work of our predecessors as simply errant science would stultify our own practice.
Book Review: The Genesis of General Relativity