From Middle English smilen (“to smile”), from Old Norse *smíla (“to smile”) (compare Danish smile, Swedish smila, Faroese smíla (“to smile”)), from Proto-Germanic *smīlijaną, *smirōną (“to smile”), from Proto-Indo-European *smey- (“to laugh, be glad, wonder”). Cognate with Saterland Frisian smielje (“to smile”), Low German smielen (“to smile”), Dutch smuilen (“to smile”), Middle High German smielen (“to smile”). Related also to Old High German smierōn (“to smile”), Old English smerian (“to laugh at”), Old English smercian, smearcian ("to smile"; > English smirk), Latin miror (“to wonder at”).
smile (plural smiles)
- A facial expression comprised by flexing the muscles of both ends of one's mouth, often showing the front teeth, without vocalisation, and in humans is a common involuntary or voluntary expression of happiness, pleasure, amusement, goodwill, or anxiety.
- Synonyms: see Thesaurus:smile
- 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.
- 1897 December (indicated as 1898), Winston Churchill, chapter V, in The Celebrity: An Episode, New York, N.Y.: The Macmillan Company; London: Macmillan & Co., Ltd., OCLC 222716698:
- Then came a maid with hand-bag and shawls, and after her a tall young lady. […] She looked around expectantly, and recognizing Mrs. Cooke's maid […] Miss Thorn greeted her with a smile which greatly prepossessed us in her favor.
- 1910, Emerson Hough, chapter I, in The Purchase Price: Or The Cause of Compromise, Indianapolis, Ind.: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, OCLC 639762314:
- Captain Edward Carlisle, soldier as he was, martinet as he was, felt a curious sensation of helplessness seize upon him as he met her steady gaze, her alluring smile; he could not tell what this prisoner might do.
- (figuratively) Favour; propitious regard.
- the smile of the gods
- (slang, dated) A drink bought by one person for another.
- Synonym: treat
- (transitive, 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.
- 1918, W[illiam] B[abington] Maxwell, chapter VII, in The Mirror and the Lamp, Indianapolis, Ind.: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, OCLC 4293071:
- “ […] This is Mr. Churchill, who, as you are aware, is good enough to come to us for his diaconate, and, as we hope, for much longer; and being a gentleman of independent means, he declines to take any payment.” Saying this Walden rubbed his hands together and smiled contentedly.
- 2019 December 18, Paul Stephen, “This is the best job I've ever had”, in Rail, page 52:
- (transitive) To express by smiling.
- 1897 December (indicated as 1898), Winston Churchill, chapter II, in The Celebrity: An Episode, New York, N.Y.: The Macmillan Company; London: Macmillan & Co., Ltd., OCLC 222716698:
- I had occasion […] to make a somewhat long business trip to Chicago, and on my return […] I found Farrar awaiting me in the railway station. He smiled his wonted fraction by way of greeting, […], and finally leading me to his buggy, turned and drove out of town. I was completely mystified at such an unusual proceeding.
- 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.
- 1717, Alexander Pope, Eloisa to Abelard:
- The desert smil'd, / And paradise was open'd in the wild.
- (intransitive) To be propitious or favourable; to countenance.
- The gods smiled on his labours.
- to smile
- smil (noun)
- “smile” in The Bokmål Dictionary.