Origin of smile

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

Related forms

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British Dictionary definitions for unsmiling (1 of 2)

unsmiling

/ (ʌnˈsmaɪlɪŋ) /

adjective

not wearing or assuming a smile; serious

British Dictionary definitions for unsmiling (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 unsmiling

smile


In addition to the idiom beginning with smile

  • smile on

also see:

  • crack a smile
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