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smile

[smahyl] /smaɪl/
verb (used without object), smiled, smiling.
1.
to assume a facial expression indicating pleasure, favor, or amusement, but sometimes derision or scorn, characterized by an upturning of the corners of the mouth.
2.
to regard with favor:
Luck smiled on us that night.
3.
to have a pleasant or agreeable appearance or aspect, as natural scenes, objects, etc.:
The landscape smiled in the sunlight.
verb (used with object), smiled, smiling.
4.
to assume or give (a smile, especially of a given kind):
She smiled a warm and friendly smile.
5.
to express by a smile:
to smile approval.
6.
to bring, put, drive, etc., by or as by smiling:
to smile one's tears away.
noun
7.
the act or an instance of smiling; a smiling expression of the face.
8.
favor or kindly regard:
fortune's smile.
9.
a pleasant or agreeable appearance, look, or aspect.
Verb phrases
10.
smile at,
  1. to regard with pleasure or amusement, as with a smile.
  2. to regard with mild derision:
    to smile at someone's affectations.
Origin of smile
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English smyllen (v.); cognate with Old High German smīlan, Danish smile
Related forms
smileless, adjective
smilelessly, adverb
smilelessness, noun
smiler, noun
smilingly, adverb
half-smiling, adjective
half-smilingly, adverb
outsmile, verb (used with object), outsmiled, outsmiling.
subsmile, noun
unsmiling, adjective
unsmilingly, adverb
Synonyms
1, 7. See laugh.
Antonyms
1, 7. frown.
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Examples from the Web for half smiling
Historical Examples
  • "That I already comprehend," said Lady Montfort, half sighing, half smiling.

    What Will He Do With It, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • She was half smiling, with her head slightly inclined on one side.

    Therese Raquin Emile Zola
  • "I could no tak muckle notice, ye ken," putting her hand before her eye, and half smiling.

    Christie Johnstone Charles Reade
  • "Our good borough of Derraheeny," said Linton, half smiling.

    Roland Cashel Charles James Lever
  • "His will must be obeyed," said the glover, half smiling at the change of relation between himself and his late apprentice.

    The Fair Maid of Perth Sir Walter Scott
  • She took both Ursula's hands in hers, half smiling, half crying.

    Phoebe, Junior Mrs [Margaret] Oliphant
  • "For matrimony—naturally," his sister flung out defiantly, half smiling through her tears.

    The Mountain Girl Payne Erskine
  • "But one has to heed one's attorney, daughter," said her mother, half smiling.

    The Wyndam Girls Marion Ames Taggart
  • "But I fancied your whole life was passed in this sort of phrase-fashioning, Temple," said she, half smiling.

    The Bramleighs Of Bishop's Folly Charles James Lever
  • Though her lids still drooped she was half smiling as she swayed.

    The Nest Builder Beatrice Forbes-Robertson Hale
British Dictionary definitions for half smiling

smile

/smaɪl/
noun
1.
a facial expression characterized by an upturning of the corners of the mouth, usually showing amusement, friendliness, etc, but sometimes scorn, etc
2.
favour or blessing: the smile of fortune
3.
an agreeable appearance
verb
4.
(intransitive) to wear or assume a smile
5.
(intransitive) foll by at
  1. to look (at) with a kindly or amused expression
  2. to look derisively (at) instead of being annoyed
  3. to bear (troubles, etc) patiently
6.
(intransitive; foll by on or upon) to show approval; bestow a blessing
7.
(transitive) to express by means of a smile: she smiled a welcome
8.
(transitive) often foll by away. to drive away or change by smiling: smile away one's tears
9.
come up smiling, to recover cheerfully from misfortune
Derived Forms
smiler, noun
smiling, adjective
smilingly, adverb
smilingness, noun
Word Origin
C13: probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Swedish smila, Danish smile; related to Middle High German smielen
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Word Origin and History for half smiling

smile

v.

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."

n.

1560s, from smile (v.).

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Slang definitions & phrases for half smiling

smell to heaven

verb phrase

To smell very bad and very strongly: smells to high heaven after nuking the Lean Cuisine

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Idioms and Phrases with half smiling

smile

In addition to the idiom beginning with smile also see: crack a smile
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