Origin of smile

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

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British Dictionary definitions for smiles (1 of 2)

Smiles

/ (smaɪlz) /

noun

Samuel. 1812–1904, British writer: author of the didactic work Self-Help (1859)

British Dictionary definitions for smiles (2 of 2)

smile

/ (smaɪl) /

noun

verb

Derived Forms

smiler, nounsmiling, adjectivesmilingly, adverbsmilingness, noun

Word Origin for smile

C13: probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Swedish smila, Danish smile; related to Middle High German smielen
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Idioms and Phrases with smiles

smile


In addition to the idiom beginning with smile

  • smile on

also see:

  • crack a smile
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