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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. 2016.
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  • She had a pleasant face, not too smiley, and no make up about it.

    The Girls and I Mary Louisa Stewart Molesworth
  • And I never could make out when it was that smiley married her,—that is, if he ever did.

    Orley Farm Anthony Trollope
  • He was silent for a moment as in painful contemplation of the unsavoriness and folly of the unpopular smiley.

  • smiley wasn't that way often, I believe; but he was awful when he was.

    Orley Farm Anthony Trollope
  • The pencil was on the carpet, forty inches from Mrs. smiley's hand.

    The Shadow World Hamlin Garland
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.
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smiley in Technology
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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