An example of smile is the expression on your face when you are happy.
An example of smile is what you do when someone takes your picture.
Grandmother smiled her consent.
When you smile, the whole world smiles with you. I don't know what he's smiling about. She smiles a beautiful smile.
To smile consent, or a welcome.
The sun smiled down from a clear summer sky.
The gods smiled on his labours.
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.
- Smiling brightly and for a time, as from delight or happiness.
- To drive away or get rid of by a smile or smiling.
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of smile
- From Middle English smilen to smile probably of Scandinavian origin smei- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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.