[ smahy-lee ]
/ ˈsmaɪ li /
noun, plural smil·eys. Also called smiley face.
a digital icon, a sequence of keyboard symbols, or a handwritten or printed equivalent, that serves to represent a facial expression, as :‐) for a smiling face or ;‐) for a winking face.Compare emoticon.
Usually smile face. a drawing of a face consisting of a usually yellow circle with an upturned curve for a smile and two dots for eyes.
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Origin of smiley
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British Dictionary definitions for smiley face
/ (ˈsmaɪlɪ) /
given to smiling; cheerful
depicting a smilea smiley badge
any of a group of symbols depicting a smile, or other facial expression, used in electronic mail
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Word Origin and History for smiley face
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