smiley

[ 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.

adjective

cheerful; smiling.

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Origin of smiley

1985–90

Definition for smiley (2 of 2)

Smiley
[ smahy-lee ]
/ ˈsmaɪ li /

noun

Jane, born 1949, U.S. novelist.
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British Dictionary definitions for smiley

smiley
/ (ˈsmaɪlɪ) /

adjective

given to smiling; cheerful
depicting a smilea smiley badge

noun

any of a group of symbols depicting a smile, or other facial expression, used in electronic mail
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