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.
- 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