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 smileless
Historical Examples of smileless
There was a smileless gravity about his lips and eyes which was very impressive.Prairie Folks
He sat, his head back, his face bathed in the sun, smileless and dreaming.
But smileless, the cynic departed, and Flamby looked after him without regret.The Orchard of Tears
Her lips and eyes, as grave and smileless as his own, puzzled him.The Place of Honeymoons
And so the old man, whose life had been so smileless, died smiling.What Will He Do With It, Complete
- 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