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 smiles
“The golden age of Parisian smiles nurtured, and was nurtured by, the rise of dentistry as a vocation,” writes Jones.
Smiles, or lack thereof, did not bring down the Ancient Regime, of course.
“I have a lot of memories as a teenager that helped,” she smiles.
“But I knew I had to put myself through that to be a great actor,” which, in itself, will take 40 years, he smiles.
But she just turns and twists and smiles and shimmers with every color.
Who could resist the smiles of the chalk-faced females of Cash Street, all eager to laud his bravery.
But the God of Spain smiles derisively upon a son of the people who would seek to rise above his fellows.The Wolf Cub|Patrick Casey
I think the through one way is thirty-four sixteen,” he smiles at the patrons, “but I had better look up and make sure.The Railroad Problem|Edward Hungerford
Fanny was all smiles and attention in an instant, and warmly squeezed Barbara's hand.The Morning Glory Club|George A. Kyle
My husband is blind, Micheline unsuspicious, and Serge smiles quietly, as if he were preparing some treachery.Serge Panine, Complete|Georges Ohnet
- 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