- 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 smiled
And so he looked at her, smiled, and offered a polite “Is everything okay?”Powerful Congressman Writes About ‘Fleshy Breasts’
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She smiled, too, her incisors creeping out from behind her lips.Dungeons and Genital Clamps: Inside a Legendary BDSM Chateau
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At which Bezos turned to the packed audience, smiled weakly, and said: “This is Henry being nice to me!”Jeff Bezos: ‘I See Millions Working in Outer Space’
December 3, 2014
He clumsily sipped from the dainty straw of a blasphemously non-bourbon beverage and smiled broadly as he talked to fellow bros.Mitch’s Brotastic Victory Bash
November 5, 2014
When asked by a public radio why Cuomo sounded as if he was encouraging Clinton to run, he smiled and dismissed the suggestion.If Clinton Runs for President, Cuomo’s on Board
October 23, 2014
As she leaned over him, he smiled faintly, and imprinted a kiss upon her lips.Philothea
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She smiled rather painfully, with an obvious effort to be conventional.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
Malbone looked at Kate, who smiled with delight, and put her hand on that of Hope.
She smiled good-naturedly on Hope, and kissed her hand to Kate.
"I'd like to recite English in one of your classes, Emma," smiled Grace.Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
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- 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 smiled
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.).