A smirk is a smile evoking insolence, scorn, or offensive smugness, falling into the category of what Desmond Morris described as Deformed-compliment Signals.A smirk may also be an affected, ingratiating smile, as in Mr Bennet’s description of Mr Wickham as making smirking love to all his new in-laws in the novel Pride and Prejudice.
Irritatingly pleased with oneself, offensively self-complacent. self-satisfied.
“Kate looked extremely smug this morning.”
Studiously neat or nice, especially in dress; spruce; affectedly precise; smooth and prim.
To make smug, or spruce.
To seize; to confiscate.
To hush up.
an uneven, often crooked smile that is insolent, self-satisfied or scornful
a forced or affected smile; a simper
To smile in a way that is affected, smug, insolent or contemptuous.
smart; spruce; affected; simpering
having or showing an excessive pride in oneself or one’s achievements
“he was feeling smug after his win”
smile in an irritatingly smug, conceited, or silly way
“he smirked in triumph”
a smug, conceited, or silly smile
“Gloria pursed her mouth in a self-satisfied smirk”