Smile Definition

smīl
smiled, smiles, smiling
noun
smiles
The act of smiling.
Webster's New World
A facial expression characterized by an upward curving of the corners of the mouth and indicating pleasure, amusement, or derision.
American Heritage
The facial expression made in smiling.
Webster's New World
A favorable, pleasing, or agreeable appearance.
Webster's New World
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verb
smiled, smiles, smiling
To have or form a smile.
American Heritage
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.
Webster's New World
To look (at, on, or upon someone) with a pleasant expression of this kind.
Webster's New World
To change or affect by smiling.
Webster's New World
To regard with favor or approval.
Webster's New World
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idiom
all smiles
  • smiling brightly and for a time, as from delight or happiness
Webster's New World
smile away
  • to drive away or get rid of by a smile or smiling
Webster's New World

Other Word Forms of Smile

Noun

Singular:
smile
Plural:
smiles

Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Smile

Origin of Smile

  • From Middle English smilen (“to smile"), of North Germanic origin, from Danish smile (“to smile"), from Old Norse *smíla (“to smile"), from Proto-Germanic *smÄ«lijanÄ…, *smirōnÄ… (“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 smierōn (“to smile"), Old English smerian (“to laugh at"), Old English smercian, smearcian (“to smile"), Latin miror (“to wonder at"). More at smirk.

    From Wiktionary

  • 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

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