adv. in a smug manner, complacently, in a self-satisfied manner

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  • Smugly — Smug ly, adv. In a smug manner. [R.] Gay. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • smugly — adv. Smugly is used with these verbs: ↑grin, ↑reply, ↑say, ↑smile, ↑tell …   Collocations dictionary

  • smugly — smug ► ADJECTIVE (smugger, smuggest) ▪ irritatingly pleased with oneself; self satisfied. DERIVATIVES smugly adverb smugness noun. ORIGIN originally in the sense «neat, spruce»; from Low German smuk pretty …   English terms dictionary

  • smugly — adverb in a smug manner the bureaucrats explained smugly that the facts provided by their own experts show no cause for concern • Derived from adjective: ↑smug …   Useful english dictionary

  • smugly — adverb see smug …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • smugly — See smug. * * * …   Universalium

  • smugly — adverb In a self satisfied manner …   Wiktionary

  • smugly — smug·ly …   English syllables

  • smugly — See: smug …   English dictionary

  • smug — smugly, adv. smugness, n. /smug/, adj., smugger, smuggest. 1. contentedly confident of one s ability, superiority, or correctness; complacent. 2. trim; spruce; smooth; sleek. [1545 55; perh. < MD smuc neat, pretty, nice] * * * …   Universalium

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