smirk


smirk
noun
ADJECTIVE
arrogant, satisfied, self-satisfied, smug, triumphant
amused, knowing
playful
evil
little, slight, small

He gave a slight smirk.

VERB + SMIRK
have, wear

She had a self-satisfied smirk on her face.

give

She gave a knowing smirk.

conceal, hide

He made no attempt to conceal his smirk.

SMIRK + VERB
appear on sth, come across sth, come to sth, cross sth, play across sth, play on sth

A small smirk crossed his face.

‘What kept you?’ He asked, a smirk playing on his lips.

grow, widen

Her smirk grew wider.

PREPOSITION
with a smirk

‘Comfortable?’ he asked with a smirk.

smirk of

a smirk of triumph

PHRASES
wipe the smirk off sb's face

I longed to wipe the smug smirk off his face.


Collocations dictionary. 2013.

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  • smirk — [smə:k US smə:rk] v [: Old English; Origin: smearcian [i] to smile ] to smile in an unpleasant way that shows that you are pleased by someone else s bad luck or think you are better than other people ▪ The boys tried not to smirk. smirk at ▪ What …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • smirk|y — «SMUR kee», adjective, smirk|i|er, smirk|i|est. of the nature of a smirk; simpering: »a smirky smile …   Useful english dictionary

  • Smirk — Smirk, n. A forced or affected smile; a simper. [1913 Webster] The bride, all smirk and blush, had just entered. Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Smirk — Smirk, a. Nice,; smart; spruce; affected; simpering. So smirk, so smooth. Spenser. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • smirk — smirk·er; smirk·ing·ly; smirk; …   English syllables

  • Smirk — Smirk, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Smirked}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Smirking}.] [OE. smirken, ASS. smercian, smearcian; cf. MHG. smieren, smielen, to smile. See {Smile}, v. i.] To smile in an affected or conceited manner; to smile with affected complaisance;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • smirk — [ smɜrk ] verb intransitive to smile in an unpleasant way because something bad has happened to someone else, or because you think you have achieved an advantage over them ╾ smirk noun count …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • smirk — vb simper, grin, *smile smirk n simper, grin, smile (see under SMILE vb) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • smirk — (v.) O.E. smearcian to smile. No exact cognates in other languages, but perhaps related to smerian to laugh at (see SMILE (Cf. smile) (v.)). Related: Smirked; smirking. The noun is recorded by 1560s …   Etymology dictionary

  • smirk — [n] sly smile beam, grin, leer, simper, smug look, sneer; concept 185 …   New thesaurus

  • smirk — ► VERB ▪ smile in an irritatingly smug or silly way. ► NOUN ▪ a smug or silly smile. DERIVATIVES smirker noun smirky adjective. ORIGIN Old English, related to SMILE(Cf. ↑smile) …   English terms dictionary


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