"That I already comprehend," said Lady Montfort, half sighing, half smiling.
She was half smiling, with her head slightly inclined on one side.
"I could no tak muckle notice, ye ken," putting her hand before her eye, and half smiling.
"Our good borough of Derraheeny," said Linton, half smiling.
"His will must be obeyed," said the glover, half smiling at the change of relation between himself and his late apprentice.
She took both Ursula's hands in hers, half smiling, half crying.
"For matrimony—naturally," his sister flung out defiantly, half smiling through her tears.
"But one has to heed one's attorney, daughter," said her mother, half smiling.
"But I fancied your whole life was passed in this sort of phrase-fashioning, Temple," said she, half smiling.
Though her lids still drooped she was half smiling as she swayed.
c.1300, perhaps from Middle Low German *smilen or a Scandinavian source (e.g. Danish smile "smile," Swedish smila "smile, smirk, simper, fawn"), from Proto-Germanic *smil-, extended form of PIE root *smei- "to laugh, smile" (cf. Old English smerian "to laugh at, scorn," Old High German smieron "to smile," Latin mirus "wonderful," mirari "to wonder"). Related: Smiled; smiling.
Gradually pushed the usual Old English word, smearcian (modern smirk), into a specific, unpleasant sense. Of the eyes, from 1759. Figuratively, as indicating favor or encouragement, from c.1400. Romance, Celtic, and Slavic languages tend to use a diminutive of the word for "laugh" to mean "smile" (e.g. Latin ridere "laugh;" subridere "smile"), perhaps literally "small laugh" or "low laugh."
1560s, from smile (v.).
To smell very bad and very strongly: smells to high heaven after nuking the Lean Cuisine