- smiling brightly and for a time, as from delight or happiness
- to drive away or get rid of by a smile or smiling
Other Word Forms of Smile
Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Smile
- all smiles
- smile away
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 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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