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 unsmiling
I saw their pictures online… two good-looking, strong, unsmiling, young men in front of an American flag.
Boland is an immature kid with a lean, unsmiling face, ice-blue eyes, and wavy blond hair.One Red Rose for the Green Kid Who Won the Kentucky Derby|Red Smith|May 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
KIEV—They are burly, muscular men, reminiscent of the Soviet era with their strong Slavic features and unsmiling demeanor.Ukraine’s Far Right Eyes Crimea, Vows To Defend The Motherland|Jamie Dettmer|March 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Leon parked where he was directed, then he and Butch were thoroughly searched by a small battalion of unsmiling guards.
The girl who stood before the mirror, grave and unsmiling, was a stranger.Marjorie Dean|Pauline Lester
Startled by the strange voice so near, she turned a very sober and unsmiling face to see what manner of person had accosted her.Mary Ware in Texas|Annie F. Johnston
We went down to the boathouse, and the man there was still glum and unsmiling.The Deep Lake Mystery|Carolyn Wells
She looked on him fondly but unsmiling, as he went beside her strong and warrior-like.The Roots of the Mountains|William Morris
Still grave and unsmiling the little girl went about, with no life in her face save what burned in her great wild eyes.The Actress' Daughter|May Agnes Fleming
- 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