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 are you smirking at?
>smirk n
He had a self-satisfied smirk on his face.

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