Definition of smug adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//smʌɡ//
; NAmE NAmE//smʌɡ//
(disapproving) Happiness, Proud
jump to other results
looking or feeling too pleased about something you have done or achieved synonym complacent a smug expression/smile/face, etc. What are you looking so smug about? See related entries: Happiness, Proud Word Originmid 16th cent. (originally in the sense ‘neat, spruce’): from Low German smuk ‘pretty’.Extra examples Now don’t get smug just because you’ve won a couple of games. the incredibly smug expression on his face He gave a smug little smile. She was feeling smug after her win. There was an air of smug satisfaction in Luke’s voice.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: smug