semi-smile

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

semi- +‎ smile

Noun[edit]

semi-smile (plural semi-smiles)

  1. A faint smile.
    • 2004, Susan M. Kirschbaum, Frills and Chills, The New York Observer
      She curled her pink lips upward in a shy semi-smile.
    • 1874, Mrs. Macquoid, Appletons' Journal: Volume 12, D. Appleton & Co., page 623
      I saw him glance at his wife, and she gave a semi-smile of approval.
  2. A suppressed or forced smile.
    • 2008, Charles H. Sylvester, Journeys Through Bookland, Volume 7, Wildside Press, page 34
      He stood looking at nothing in particular, with the blushing, awkward air and semi-smile which are common to shy boys when in company, -- very much as if they had come into the world by mistake, and found it in a degree of undress that was quite embarrassing.

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References[edit]

  • semi-smile in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911