- 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.
- to regard with favor: Luck smiled on us that night.
- to have a pleasant or agreeable appearance or aspect, as natural scenes, objects, etc.: The landscape smiled in the sunlight.
- to assume or give (a smile, especially of a given kind): She smiled a warm and friendly smile.
- to express by a smile: to smile approval.
- to bring, put, drive, etc., by or as by smiling: to smile one's tears away.
- the act or an instance of smiling; a smiling expression of the face.
- favor or kindly regard: fortune's smile.
- a pleasant or agreeable appearance, look, or aspect.
- smile at,
- to regard with pleasure or amusement, as with a smile.
- to regard with mild derision: to smile at someone's affectations.
Origin of smile
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Examples from the Web for smile
For those living in poor communities in particular, interactions with police rarely come with good news and a smile.How to Solve the Policing Crisis
January 5, 2015
At this point Marvin gives his Liberty Valance smile, the kind that makes you wish you could disintegrate in front of him.
Nobody terrified audiences with a smile as well as Lee Marvin.
Two years ago, a Party apparatchik surveyed the site of a fatal traffic accident… with a smile on his face.China’s Internet Is Freer Than You Think
December 27, 2014
“A few words and we fell in love,” she says, the smile of her teenage years returning to her face.A Sunni-Shia Love Story Imperiled by al Qaeda
December 26, 2014
With a nod and a smile, Aspasia said, "Continue the music, I pray you."
When he came, Paralus looked upon him with a smile of recognition, and said, "My father!"
“Fair and softly,” said the printer with something of a smile.The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
Of course he's suffering, my dear—but look at the smile on him!A Night Out
But Viviette regarded him with a smile--the smile of woman's superior wisdom.Viviette
William J. Locke
- a facial expression characterized by an upturning of the corners of the mouth, usually showing amusement, friendliness, etc, but sometimes scorn, etc
- favour or blessingthe smile of fortune
- an agreeable appearance
- (intr) to wear or assume a smile
- (intr foll by at)
- to look (at) with a kindly or amused expression
- to look derisively (at) instead of being annoyed
- to bear (troubles, etc) patiently
- (intr; foll by on or upon) to show approval; bestow a blessing
- (tr) to express by means of a smileshe smiled a welcome
- (tr often foll by away) to drive away or change by smilingsmile away one's tears
- come up smiling to recover cheerfully from misfortune
Word Origin and History for smile
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.).