v. smug·gled, smug·gling, smug·gles
a. To bring into a country (a prohibited item) secretively and intentionally, in violation of the law.
b. To bring into a country (an item) secretively and intentionally without declaring the item to customs officials and paying the associated duties or taxes on it, in violation of the law.
2. To bring in or take out illicitly or by stealth: smuggled homemade popcorn into the theater.
To engage in smuggling.
[Probably Low German smukkeln, smuggeln or Middle Dutch smokkelen.]
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