EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR SMIRK

"I reckon Sim made the short on it," said Reuben with a smirk.

She felled him in the middle of a smirk, and seized the opportunity created.

Dolores turned around with a smirk of biting ridicule on her face.

There was a smirk of pharisaical satisfaction on their faces.

Fortunately the bride, all smirk and blush, had just entered the room.

And best of all, there's no mob of nit-wits to titter and smirk.

"It is not the day that is so charming," said the Butterfly with a smirk.

"We were speaking of Ground Squirrels——" he began with a smirk.

Toad began to sit up in his chair again, and to smirk a little.

"Wherever you are, must be good for me," said Peter, trying to smirk and to look pleased.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English smearcian "to smile." No exact cognates in other languages, but probably related to smerian "to laugh at, scorn," from Proto-Germanic *smer-, *smar-, variant of PIE *smei- "to smile;" see smile (v.), which after c.1500 gradually restricted smirk to the unpleasant sense "smile affectedly; grin in a malicious or smug way." In some 18c. glossaries smirk is still simply "to smile." Related: Smirked; smirking. The noun is recorded by 1560s.

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grimace

verbmake a pained expression

grin

verbsmile widely
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