Nearby words

  1. smidge,
  2. smidgen,
  3. smiercase,
  4. smilacaceous,
  5. smilax,
  6. smile on,
  7. smiles,
  8. smiley,
  9. smilingly,
  10. smilodon

Origin of smile

1250–1300; Middle English smyllen (v.); cognate with Old High German smīlan, Danish smile

Related forms
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for smile


British Dictionary definitions for smile

smile

/ (smaɪl) /

noun

verb

Derived Formssmiler, nounsmiling, adjectivesmilingly, adverbsmilingness, noun

Word Origin for smile

C13: probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Swedish smila, Danish smile; related to Middle High German smielen

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for smile
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with smile

smile

In addition to the idiom beginning with smile

  • smile on

also see:

  • crack a smile
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.