As adjectives the difference between smug and arrogant
is that smug
is irritatingly pleased with oneself; self-satisfied while arrogant
is having excessive pride in oneself, often with contempt for others.
As a verb smug
is (obsolete|transitive) to make smug, or spruce.
Other Comparisons: What's the difference?
Irritatingly pleased with oneself; self-satisfied.
(obsolete) Studiously neat or nice, especially in dress; spruce; affectedly precise; smooth and prim.
* Robynson (More's Utopia)
- Kate looked extremely smug this morning.
* De Quincey
- They be so smug and smooth.
* Beaumont and Fletcher
- the smug and scanty draperies of his style
- A young, smug , handsome holiness has no fellow.
(obsolete) To make smug, or spruce.
- Thus said, he smugged his beard, and stroked up fair.
* arrogaunt (obsolete)
Having excessive pride in oneself, often with contempt for others.
* Said of people, statements, etc.
* See also