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smiley

[smahy-lee] /ˈsmaɪ li/
noun, plural smileys. Also called smiley face
1.
a digital icon, a sequence of keyboard symbols, or a handwritten or printed equivalent, that serves to represent a facial expression, as :‐) for a smiling face or ;‐) for a winking face.
Compare emoticon.
2.
Usually, smile face. a drawing of a face consisting of a usually yellow circle with an upturned curve for a smile and two dots for eyes.
adjective
3.
cheerful; smiling.
Origin of smiley
1985-90

Smiley

[smahy-lee] /ˈsmaɪ li/
noun
1.
Jane, born 1949, U.S. novelist.
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  • "It is the most natural thing in the world to me," said Mrs. smiley.

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  • Part of the time Mrs. smiley was awake and sorely grieved at her failure.

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  • Mrs. smiley was in great distress of mind over the failure of her powers.

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    Hamlin Garland
  • The pencil was on the carpet, forty inches from Mrs. smiley's hand.

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  • As in the case of our own psychic, Mrs. smiley co-operated to the utmost with us.

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British Dictionary definitions for smiley

smiley

/ˈsmaɪlɪ/
adjective
1.
given to smiling; cheerful
2.
depicting a smile: a smiley badge
noun
3.
any of a group of symbols depicting a smile, or other facial expression, used in electronic mail
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Word Origin and History for smiley
adj.

also smily, "inclined to smile," 1848, from smile (n.) + -y (2). Smiley-face (n.) is from 1981; as a computer icon from 1987.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for smiley

smiley

Related Terms

emoticon

smiley face

noun phrase

A computer ''emoticon''(:-), used to express happiness or approval: messages studded with smiley faces (1990s+ Computer)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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