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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
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 for smile
  • Both figures look happy, but she may have a secret in her smile.
  • There is actually research that shows that if you smile, then you feel happy.
  • So if stopping for a picture or signing a book of theirs puts a smile on their face, then that makes me happy, too.
  • Your roommate comes back to your room with a big smile.
  • The strangers who are using the same sidewalk smile at us and some even say good morning.
  • Her enigmatic smile has seduced millions of art lovers.
  • He was handsome, with pale blue eyes and a gentle, gap-toothed smile.
  • She gave me a guilty smile as she wrapped up the leftovers for later.
  • In fact, throughout the interview, you can't smile too much.
  • Although it may have spoilt a pigeon race or two, it also put a smile on the faces of people not used to seeing the aurora.
British Dictionary definitions for smile

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 smile
smile
c.1300, perhaps from M.L.G. *smilen or a Scand. source (e.g. Dan. smile, Swed. smila "smile"), from PIE base *smei- (cf. O.E. smerian "to laugh at," O.H.G. smieron "to smile," L. mirus "wonderful"). Gradually pushed the usual O.E. word, smearcian (modern smirk), into a specific, unpleasant sense. The noun is from 1562. Romance, Celtic, and Slavic languages tend to use a dim. of the word for "laugh" to mean "smile" (cf. L. ridere "laugh;" subridere "smile"), with perhaps a literal notion of "small laugh," or "low laugh."
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Slang definitions & phrases for smile

smile

Related Terms

crack a smile


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