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Related to smirky: smirkingly, grinning


intr.v. smirked, smirk·ing, smirks
To smile in an annoying self-satisfied manner.
An annoying self-satisfied smile.

[Middle English smirken, from Old English smercian, to smile; see smei- in Indo-European roots.]

smirk′er n.
smirk′ing·ly, smirk′i·ly adv.
smirk′y adj.
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adj, -kier or -kiest
1. resembling a smirk
2. smirking
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He introduced himself, smiling a smirky smile borrowed from the courtiers of the stage, extended a fair-skinned talon, and while he gripped my hand in it he bent his body forward three times at the hips, as the stage courtier does, and said in the airiest and most condescending and patronizing way--I quite remember his exact language:
Pritzker signed the recreational marijuana law into effect with the same smirky grin he signed the abortion law into law.
When I was in Army Basic Training I had a drill sergeant who often said, "The reward for a good job is no punishment." He always said it with a smirky grin.
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Only a day earlier, Trump shocked and horrified America and its Western allies by appearing to take at face value Russian President Vladimir Putin's smirky denial of any involvement in meddling with the 2016 US election cycle.
"When I came back inside, she kind of, you know, in a smirky way, said, 'You're going to get rid of those and throw those away, right?'And the rebellious side of me was like, 'Sure,' and I kept one of them.
to journalism seniors in UST once upon a time, will fight tooth and nail to deny that smirky aside, knowing there's more to p.r.
Every president, whatever his virtues, has had his terrible flaws: From Richard Nixon's brooding darkness to Jimmy Carter's dour naivete, from Ronald Reagan's sunny cluelessness to Barack Obama's lightweight self-regard, from George Bush 41's disconnected privilege to his son's smirky frat-boy mien.
His smirky grin is replaced by something else, or more accurately, there is something deeper, harder, behind it.
Willis, like his character, remains game for anything, but it's questionable how much fun he's having going through his usual smirky moves in such bottom-of-the-barrel fare.
Other luminaries admit to working extra hard to be 'different,' but point out that they're simply reflecting their generation's 'penchant for obscure pop cultural references, iconoclasm and smirky irony.' Just doing what comes unnaturally!
Last year he married his partner of 13 years, make-up artist Lou, and is dad to Milo, seven, and Dixie, four - smirky smiles (he's a bit shy) creep on his face when he talks about them.