Definition of smirk verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

smirk

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verb
BrE BrE//smɜːk//
 
; NAmE NAmE//smɜːrk//
 
[intransitive]Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they smirk
BrE BrE//smɜːk//
 
; NAmE NAmE//smɜːrk//
 
he / she / it smirks
BrE BrE//smɜːks//
 
; NAmE NAmE//smɜːrks//
 
past simple smirked
BrE BrE//smɜːkt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//smɜːrkt//
 
past participle smirked
BrE BrE//smɜːkt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//smɜːrkt//
 
-ing form smirking
BrE BrE//ˈsmɜːkɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈsmɜːrkɪŋ//
 
Happiness, Facial expressions
 
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to smile in a silly or unpleasant way that shows that you are pleased with yourself, know something that other people do not know, etc. It was hard not to smirk. He smirked unpleasantly when we told him the bad news. She smirked to herself as she walked away. What are you smirking at? Wordfinderbeam, expression, frown, grimace, grin, leer, scowl, smirk, sneer, wince See related entries: Happiness, Facial expressions Word Origin Old English sme(a)rcian, from a base shared by smile. The early sense was ‘to smile’; it later gained a notion of smugness or silliness.

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