Vocabulary Builder

Vocabulary Builder

    Improve Your Writing

  • Boost your vocabulary
  • See words in the context of real sentences
  • Learn by association and by definition
  • Master a new lexicon!

Get Started Below

Vocabulary Word

Word: smirk

Definition: conceited smile; offensively self-satisfied smile (often at someone else's misfortune); V.


Sentences Containing 'smirk'

An example: "Charlie surveyed the classroom but it was really his mother congratulating himself for snatching the higher test grade, the smug smirk on his face growing brighter and brighter as he confirmed the inferiority of his peers."
Characteristically, of course, the "smug smirk" provides a facial imagery of Charlie's pride.
Into the scene his character is immediately fleshed out with the emphasis on Fluellen's much mentioned 'disciplines of the wars' and the first opportunity for a smirk at his accent, mannerisms and delivery.
Noting her disbelief, Riddler calmly asks Conundrum with a smirk, "Why is this man smiling?"
She acknowledged that "the books are dark and scary in places" but "no darkness in "Half-Blood Prince"...is so immense that it cannot be rescued by a snicker or a smirk."

More Vocab Words

::: nectar - drink of the gods; sweet liquid collected by bees
::: candor - frankness; open honesty; ADJ. candid
::: sartorial - pertaining to tailors or tailoring; Ex. a man of great sartorial elegance; CF. sartor: tailor
::: gape - open widely; open the mouth wide; stare wonderingly with the mouth open; CF. agape
::: addendum - addition; appendix to book; something that is added (as at the end of a speech or book)
::: extenuate - weaken; mitigate; lessen the seriousness of (bad behavior)
::: factotum - handyman; person who does all kinds of work; CF. do everything
::: impart - grant a share of; make known; Ex. news to impart
::: impassive - without feeling; expressionless; imperturbable; stoical; Ex. impassive face
::: pragmatist - practical person; N. pragmatism: pragmatic way of dealing with things