Youth is smileless, inclined to regard to-day's struggles as ultimate evil, but gradually we learn that all things pass.
Her lips and eyes, as grave and smileless as his own, puzzled him.
In answer, he nodded grim assent with a smileless alacrity which was nevertheless satisfactory and comforting.
There was a smileless gravity about his lips and eyes which was very impressive.
He sat, his head back, his face bathed in the sun, smileless and dreaming.
A sad, smileless face was uplifted, and then my lips also gave answer.
But smileless, the cynic departed, and Flamby looked after him without regret.
Mary Virginia came listlessly, dragging her feet, her eyes somber in a smileless face.
When people looked at the sallow, smileless face of his wife they didn't blame him.
His eyebrows twitched slightly, but his mouth was smileless; Miss Hopkins was smiling, and not at all displeased.
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.).