smirk | smirker | smirkingly

Exam frequency

GRE

high

Banks

high

Civil Services

high

Meaning(s)

smile in an unpleasant way

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smirk - grin

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A ‘smirk’ is a smile that typically expresses satisfaction or pleasure at somebody else’s bad luck, or at the fact that you know something they don’t. As it is considered insulting and condescending, people who have a habit of smirking are generally not well-liked.

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Synonyms leer,snicker
Antonyms scowl,grimace,wince

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  1. Why do you have to smirk at everything I say? I can’t stand the way you think you are so much better than everybody else.

  2. I don’t want Trevor on my project team. He’s a self-satisfied smirker.

  3. Jane smirkingly asked me if I had heard the news, knowing full well that I hadn’t.

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