Smug vs Nyah - What's the difference?

smug | nyah |

As an adjective smug

is irritatingly pleased with oneself; self-satisfied.

As a verb smug

is (obsolete|transitive) to make smug, or spruce.

As an interjection nyah is

expressing smug triumph.




  • Irritatingly pleased with oneself; self-satisfied.
  • Kate looked extremely smug this morning.
  • (obsolete) Studiously neat or nice, especially in dress; spruce; affectedly precise; smooth and prim.
  • * Robynson (More's Utopia)
  • They be so smug and smooth.
  • * De Quincey
  • the smug and scanty draperies of his style
  • * Beaumont and Fletcher
  • A young, smug , handsome holiness has no fellow.


    * self-satisfied * complacent

    Derived terms

    * smugly * smugness


  • (obsolete) To make smug, or spruce.
  • * Dryton
  • Thus said, he smugged his beard, and stroked up fair.
    (Webster 1913)


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    (en interjection)
  • Expressing smug triumph.
  • * 1993 , Ted Andrews, Enchantment of the faerie realm (page 74)
  • When the waves didn't catch me, I would laugh and sing out, "Nyah , nyah, nyah!"
  • * {{quote-news, year=2009, date=August 7, author=George Vecsey, title=On Big Day for Bronx, Cheating Is Nonissue, work=New York Times citation
  • , passage=Yankee fans have been saying, Nyah, nyah , I told you so, since the news was revealed in The New York Times. }}