What does Smiley mean?

Definitions for Smiley
ˈsmaɪ lismi·ley

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. smileynoun

    an emoticon of a smiling face


  1. smileynoun

    A simplified representation of a smiling face.

  2. smileynoun

    A sequence of keyboard characters used to represent a person's mood or emotion, especially or or other smiling depiction.

  3. smileynoun

    Having one's throat slit from side to side.

  4. smileynoun

    An improvised street weapon consisting of a length of chain with padlocks and other heavy objects affixed to one end.

  5. smileyadjective

    Cheerful and happy; smiling.

  6. Etymology: * Diminutive of smile.


  1. Smiley

    A smiley, sometimes referred to as a smiley face, is a basic ideogram that represents a smiling face. Since the 1950s it has become part of popular culture worldwide, used either as a standalone ideogram, or as a form of communication, such as emoticons. The smiley began as two dots and a line to represent eyes and a mouth. More elaborate designs in the 1950s emerged, with noses, eyebrows, and outlines. A yellow and black design was used by New York-based radio station WMCA for its "Good Guys" campaign in the early 1960s. More yellow-and-black designs appeared in the 1960s and '70s, including works by Franklin Loufrani and Harvey Ross Ball. Today, The Smiley Company holds many rights to the smiley ideogram and has become one of the biggest licensing companies globally. In October of 1971 Loufrani trademarked the name and his design in France while working as a journalist for France Soir. Competing terms were used such as smiling face and happy face before consensus was reached on the term smiley, less often spelled "smilie".Today, the smiley face has evolved from an ideogram into a template for communication and use in written language. This began with Scott Fahlman in the 1980s when he first theorized ASCII characters could be used to create faces and demonstrate emotion in text. Since then, those Fahlman's designs have become digital pictograms, known as emoticons. They are loosely based on the ideograms designed in the 1960s and 70s, continuing with the yellow and black design.


  1. smiley

    A smiley, also known as a smiley face or happy face, is a stylized representation of a smiling human face. It is commonly depicted as a yellow circle with two black dots representing eyes and a black curve representing the mouth. Smiley is used in text communications, like emails, text messages, or social media posts, to express happiness, joy, or amusement. They can also appear in different variations to express other emotions. In the digital world, they are often referred to as emoticons or emojis.


  1. Smiley

    A happy face, smiling face, smiley, or : is a stylized representation of a smiling humanoid face, commonly occurring in popular culture. It is commonly represented as a yellow circle with two black dots representing eyes and a black arc representing the mouth. "Smiley" is also sometimes used as a generic term for any emoticon. The variant spelling "smilie" is not as common, but the plural form "smilies" is commonly used.

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. smiley

    See emoticon.

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Smiley is ranked #1812 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Smiley surname appeared 19,829 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 7 would have the surname Smiley.

    62.4% or 12,383 total occurrences were White.
    30.7% or 6,095 total occurrences were Black.
    2.3% or 460 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    2.1% or 432 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.8% or 375 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.4% or 83 total occurrences were Asian.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Smiley in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Smiley in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of Smiley in a Sentence

  1. Jakob Vinther:

    It is very unique. Most cloacas form a kind of slit. Sometimes it's a vertical split, sometimes it's a smiley face, sometimes it's a sour face. This thing has a V-shaped structure with a pair of nice flaring lips and there's not a living groups of animals that have morphology like that, it is somewhat similar to crocodiles but still unique.

  2. George Hobica:

    I get better responses quicker than by picking up the phone, it’s partly because you can use smiley faces and not be so angry, which comes out over the phone in your tone of voice. At 140 characters, you have to be more concise and to the point.

  3. Brandon Smiley:

    My son, Brandon Smiley, has passed away this morning. I’m about to get on a flight to Birmingham.

  4. Abubakr Ali:

    There was this thing that manifested itself in the Muslim community where we had to put on this really toxic smile everywhere we went to let everyone around us know that we aren't a threat, acting is a space where I can allow the rest of myself to exist. I don't always have to be this smiley person. I can be bad, mischievous, I can be angry. It allows the rest of my humanity to thrive, which as a kid I really longed for.

  5. Paul Rudd:

    She was a sweet person, too, she was just always so smiley and sweet.

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