verb (used without object), smiled, smil·ing.
verb (used with object), smiled, smil·ing.
- to regard with pleasure or amusement, as with a smile.
- to regard with mild derision: to smile at someone's affectations.
Origin of smile
Synonyms for smile
Antonyms for smile
Examples from the Web for smile
Contemporary Examples of smile
For those living in poor communities in particular, interactions with police rarely come with good news and a smile.How to Solve the Policing Crisis
January 5, 2015
At this point Marvin gives his Liberty Valance smile, the kind that makes you wish you could disintegrate in front of him.
Nobody terrified audiences with a smile as well as Lee Marvin.
Two years ago, a Party apparatchik surveyed the site of a fatal traffic accident… with a smile on his face.China’s Internet Is Freer Than You Think
December 27, 2014
“A few words and we fell in love,” she says, the smile of her teenage years returning to her face.A Sunni-Shia Love Story Imperiled by al Qaeda
December 26, 2014
Historical Examples of smile
When he came, Paralus looked upon him with a smile of recognition, and said, "My father!"
With a nod and a smile, Aspasia said, "Continue the music, I pray you."
“Fair and softly,” said the printer with something of a smile.The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
Of course he's suffering, my dear—but look at the smile on him!A Night Out
But Viviette regarded him with a smile--the smile of woman's superior wisdom.Viviette
William J. Locke
- to look (at) with a kindly or amused expression
- to look derisively (at) instead of being annoyed
- to bear (troubles, etc) patiently
Word Origin for smile
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.).
In addition to the idiom beginning with smile
- smile on
- crack a smile