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
Examples from the Web for smile
For those living in poor communities in particular, interactions with police rarely come with good news and a smile.
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.
“A few words and we fell in love,” she says, the smile of her teenage years returning to her face.
I think I have heard Captain Burton say that he had irregular teeth, which made his smile unpleasant.
She had the smile called wide, and it lit up her whole face with rare flashes of dormant humor.The Girl Scouts at Camp Comalong|Lillian Garis
Let us smile at the heavy seriousness of those who suppose that this man meant everything he said.Philosophy and The Social Problem|Will Durant
They would die for a smile from Csar, gazing at him with eyes of childlike adoration.The Death of the Gods|Dmitri Mrejkowski
With a smile, and many renewed expressions of thankfulness, the hopeful tradesman paid his penny.
British Dictionary definitions for smile
- to look (at) with a kindly or amused expression
- to look derisively (at) instead of being annoyed
- to bear (troubles, etc) patiently
Derived Formssmiler, nounsmiling, adjectivesmilingly, adverbsmilingness, noun
Word Origin for smile
Idioms and Phrases with smile
In addition to the idiom beginning with smile
- smile on
- crack a smile