Nearby words

  1. smidge,
  2. smidgen,
  3. smiercase,
  4. smilacaceous,
  5. smilax,
  6. smile on,
  7. smiles,
  8. smiley,
  9. smilingly,
  10. smilodon

Origin of smile

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

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Examples from the Web for unsmiling

British Dictionary definitions for unsmiling



not wearing or assuming a smile; serious



a facial expression characterized by an upturning of the corners of the mouth, usually showing amusement, friendliness, etc, but sometimes scorn, etc
favour or blessingthe smile of fortune
an agreeable appearance


(intr) to wear or assume a smile
(intr foll by at)
  1. to look (at) with a kindly or amused expression
  2. to look derisively (at) instead of being annoyed
  3. to bear (troubles, etc) patiently
(intr; foll by on or upon) to show approval; bestow a blessing
(tr) to express by means of a smileshe smiled a welcome
(tr often foll by away) to drive away or change by smilingsmile away one's tears
come up smiling to recover cheerfully from misfortune
Derived Formssmiler, 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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Word Origin and History for unsmiling
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Idioms and Phrases with unsmiling


In addition to the idiom beginning with smile

  • smile on

also see:

  • crack a smile
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