a smile that is uncertain or short-lived

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Examples from the Web for half-smile

Historical Examples of half-smile

  • There was a half-smile on his face, while his forehead was wrinkled with displeasure.

    Adrift on the Pacific

    Edward S. Ellis

  • “Well, I am—in a small way,” the Padre had replied, with a half-smile.

    The Golden Woman

    Ridgwell Cullum

  • She sat back in her chair with an expression that was half-frown and half-smile.

    The Wall Street Girl

    Frederick Orin Bartlett

  • "Let us say so when it has succeeded, Hankes," said Dunn, with a half-smile.

  • She exchanged a half-smile with Spinoza, who thrilled deliciously.