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[smahy-lee] /ˈsmaɪ li/
noun, plural smileys. Also called smiley face
a digital icon, a sequence of keyboard symbols, or a handwritten or printed equivalent, that serves to represent a facial expression, as :‐) for a smiling face or ;‐) for a winking face.
Compare emoticon.
Usually, smile face. a drawing of a face consisting of a usually yellow circle with an upturned curve for a smile and two dots for eyes.
cheerful; smiling.
Origin of smiley


[smahy-lee] /ˈsmaɪ li/
Jane, born 1949, U.S. novelist. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for smiley
  • Yes, and that seems to be independent of how talkative mothers are or how smiley mothers are.
  • Moreover, her findings did not come with a big smiley face.
  • smiley is a tough part to cast for a lot of reasons.
  • smiley-faced signs invite the public to loll around, frolic, and picnic on the greenery.
  • Good behaviour, bad behaviour, and the environmental impact of smiley faces.
  • Oh, and above, that's a colon placed properly within a parenthesis not a smiley.
  • There isn't even a smiley to let people know that it is a joke.
  • Cuteness got its start as a cowardly form of resistance, a velvet rebellion led by smiley-face emoticons.
  • Sometimes they form a star or smiley face as they explode, but that's about as high-tech as it gets.
  • It started looking corny, a kind of smiley face before there were smiley faces.
British Dictionary definitions for smiley


given to smiling; cheerful
depicting a smile: a smiley badge
any of a group of symbols depicting a smile, or other facial expression, used in electronic mail
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for smiley

also smily, "inclined to smile," 1848, from smile (n.) + -y (2). Smiley-face (n.) is from 1981; as a computer icon from 1987.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for smiley



A little bit; cunt-hair, skosh: The deck may be stacked a smidgen against Lianna's husband/ I was a smidge stressed as a result of a call from Mother

[1886+; origin unknown; possibly fr Scots Gaelic smidin, ''small syllable, hence tiny quantity''; found by 1845 as smitchin and by 1878 as smidgeon]


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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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smiley in Technology
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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