- 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 smiles
“The golden age of Parisian smiles nurtured, and was nurtured by, the rise of dentistry as a vocation,” writes Jones.
Smiles, or lack thereof, did not bring down the Ancient Regime, of course.
“I have a lot of memories as a teenager that helped,” she smiles.‘Zero Motivation’: the Funny Side of the IDF
December 8, 2014
“But I knew I had to put myself through that to be a great actor,” which, in itself, will take 40 years, he smiles.The Brit Who Stormed Broadway
December 7, 2014
But she just turns and twists and smiles and shimmers with every color.Russia’s Gold Digger Academy
November 11, 2014
For Saffy, she was a thing of smiles and of tears just as they chose to come.Weighed and Wanting
See how pleased she is--how full of smiles and happiness she seems.In the Valley
The smiles which surrounded him were of his own creation, and he participated in the happiness he had bestowed.Maid Marian
Thomas Love Peacock
She could distribute, and did distribute pretty looks and smiles to every one among them.Little Dorrit
Lady Coryston's smiles were scarcely less formidable than her frowns.The Coryston Family
Mrs. Humphry Ward
- Samuel. 1812–1904, British writer: author of the didactic work Self-Help (1859)
- 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 smiles
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.).