For a woman who adored decorating for the holidays, the sight would surely have made her smile.
"Bill's chin began quivering and he tried to fake a smile as a tear came down his cheek," a guest said.
Part of the problem is that its prevalence was equally as fleeting as a smile itself.
“I thought that was, frankly, a tempest in the teapot,” he says with a smile.
They want Lawrence to suck it up and smile for the camera, however retroactively.
The popular laugh was for the moment against him, but he continued to smile.
Margaret saw that there was constraint in the smile with which Maria answered the children.
Edith must have partly understood, for she answered with a smile.
So he sat still and tried to smile brightly at the conclusion of her story.
“Well, scarcely for the better,” returned the girl with a 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.).