A big pretty smile on a pretty little girl.
- Smile is an expression of happiness made by turning your mouth up at the corners.
An example of smile is the expression on your face when you are happy.
- To smile is to make an expression of happiness on your face by turning up the corners of your mouth.
An example of smile is what you do when someone takes your picture.
intransitive verbsmiled, smil′ing
- to have or take on a facial expression showing usually pleasure, amusement, affection, friendliness, etc., or, sometimes, irony, derision, etc. and characterized by an upward curving of the corners of the mouth and a sparkling of the eyes
- to look (at, on, or upon someone) with a pleasant expression of this kind
- to regard with favor or approval: with on or upon
- to have a favorable, pleasing, or agreeable appearance
Origin of smileMiddle English smilen, akin to Norwegian smile, Swedish smila, probably via Middle Low German an unverified form smilen from Indo-European base an unverified form (s)mei-, to smile, be astonished from source Classical Latin mirus, wonderful, Old English smearcian, to smile
- to express with a smile
- to change or affect by smiling
- the act of smiling
- the facial expression made in smiling
- a favorable, pleasing, or agreeable appearance
verbsmiled, smil·ing, smiles
- To have or form a smile.
- a. To look with favor or approval: Fortune smiled on our efforts.b. To express cheerful acceptance or equanimity: We smiled at the bad weather and kept going.
Origin of smileFrom Middle English smilen to smile probably of Scandinavian origin ; see smei- in Indo-European roots.
- A facial expression comprised by flexing the muscles of both ends of one's mouth while showing the front teeth, without vocalisation, and in humans is a common involuntary or voluntary expression of happiness, pleasure, amusement or anxiety.
- She's got a perfect smile.
- He has a sinister smile.
- She had a smile on her face.
- He always puts a smile on my face.
(third-person singular simple present smiles, present participle smiling, simple past and past participle smiled)
- (intransitive) To have (a smile) on one's face.
- When you smile, the whole world smiles with you. I don't know what he's smiling about. She smiles a beautiful smile.
- To express by smiling.
- to smile consent, or a welcome
- (intransitive) To express amusement, pleasure, or love and kindness.
- (intransitive) To look cheerful and joyous; to have an appearance suited to excite joy.
- The sun smiled down from a clear summer sky.
- (intransitive) To be propitious or favourable; to countenance.
- The gods smiled on his labours.
From Middle English smilen (“to smile"), of North Germanic origin, from Danish smile (“to smile"), from Old Norse *smÃla (“to smile"), from Proto-Germanic *smÄ«lijanÄ…, *smirÅnÄ… (“to smile"), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)meyhâ‚‚- (“to laugh, be glad, wonder"). Cognate with Swedish smila (“to smile"), Low German smielen (“to smile"), Dutch smuilen (“to smile"), Middle High German smielen (“to smile"), Old High German smierÅn (“to smile"), Old English smerian (“to laugh at"), Old English smercian, smearcian (“to smile"), Latin miror (“to wonder at"). More at smirk.